Borough of Culture

We’ve won
London Borough of Culture 2019

Thank you


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We won!

Waltham Forest is proud to be the first London Borough of Culture.

Thank you Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, residents, businesses and our creative communities that have really got behind Waltham Forest’s bid and helped us achieve this spectacular prize.  Over 14,000 people pledged their support to help bring this amazing award home.

Winning the Borough of Culture competition is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put our amazing borough and its fantastic people on the map.

As Borough of Culture, we promise London an exciting year of cultural events, a massive £5m boost to help our young people into culture as a career, and to deliver culture on every corner of our borough so that it is open to everyone.  We’ll stage a year-long programme of world-class cultural events and initiatives in 2019, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the borough’s future.

Please support our Cultural programme and continue to share your favourite parts of Waltham Forest with hashtags #wfculture #mylocalculture or contact us at


Get involved

Radical sponsorship and partnership opportunities

The sky’s the limit! Join us and our network of partners, to deliver the most outstanding cultural programme possible, for London and the UK.

Find out more about our magnificent programme and all the opportunities available for your business.



Creative Director announced for Waltham Forest, first London Borough of Culture, 2019

Sam Hunt, who led the creative programme for Hull's year as City of Culture 2017, will lead on the creative delivery of our ambitious and spectacular £5million cultural programme.

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Design our logo

Thank you to everyone who entered our London Borough of Culture Logo Competition, which is now closed.

We received over 70 original logo designs for London Borough of Culture 2019! The winning entrant will receive a prize of £1000 and see their design become Waltham Forest’s official logo for the programme.  The winning logo will be unveiled at the Walthamstow Garden Party on 14th and 15th July.

Arts and Entertainment

Download our Spring/Summer edition of our What's On Guide, showcasing a packed programme of unmissable events taking place across Waltham Forest over the next few months.

Come along to one of our free summer Get Together festivals in Leyton, Walthamstow, Chingford and Leytonstone and find out about our plans for London Borough of Culture 2019.

Learn about our summer events

Pledge your support

Why not join thousands of other local residents who have pledged to support London Borough of Culture. (no personal details will be taken)


What's been happening?

Our ground breaking bid

Our winning bid was developed with residents and members from our artistic and creative community. We are proud to share it with you. 

View the bid

Download the bid

Cultural highlights

We’re posting 150 cultural highlights from across Waltham Forest as part of our bid to be first London Borough of Culture. Keep up with our events and highlights on Twitter and Facebook.

See the Facebook album


We've had incredible support for our campaign with thousands of residents, businesses, organisations and artists backing our bid. 

Watch our videos