Borough of Culture

We’ve won
London Borough of Culture 2019



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

Join the conversation

Come along to our first Big Culture Conversation at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Saturday 3 March and join the discussion on what’s next for culture in our borough! #WFchatculture

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Watch our videos

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

See what's going on through our Borough of Culture Videos on YouTube or Facebook


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

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

Pledge your support


What's been happening?


The Evening Standard shares their favourite contenders to win London Borough of Culture.

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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 list on Twitter and Facebook.

See the Facebook album

Spotify Playlist

Follow our new Spotify playlist - all the great music created or recorded in our Borough.

Got any suggestions for the playlist? Tweet us @WFCulture19!

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