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Lewisham: The Mayor's London Borough of Culture 2022

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The Broadway Theatre, Lewisham. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Celebrate Lewisham’s heritage during a 12-month programme of events when it becomes the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.


Enjoy inspiring activities and events that put Lewisham and its community in the spotlight as the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.

The south-east London borough’s year-long programme focuses on the theme of climate change, encouraging locals and visitors to take action.

Highlights of Lewisham’s 2022 programme

  • Listen to a Rock Against Racism-inspired outdoor music festival.
  • Experience the world’s first “tag” climate carnival, where the borough shows how culture can draw attention to social issues and inspire communities to act.
  • Take a look at the impact of migration and diversity on London’s dance scene through a mass dance party.
The theme of climate change is explored further as young people of the borough are encouraged to co-design, build and perform in their own carbon-neutral theatre.

What is The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture?

Introduced by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in 2017, the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award offers more than £1m of funding for two boroughs to host a range of cultural events, activities and initiatives over a whole year.

Waltham Forest in north-east London was named The Mayor's London Borough of Culture for 2019, and Brent won the award for 2020. The two winning boroughs were selected from a competition that was open to all London boroughs.

In spring 2019, the Mayor announced a second round of the competition with Lewisham winning the award for 2021 and Croydon for 2023.

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award brings Londoners together, putting culture at the heart of local communities, shining a light on the character and diversity of London’s boroughs.

Important information

Lewisham's year as the London Borough of Culture has been moved from 2021 to 2022.

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