A panel of Waltham Forest Community Ambassadors has selected 12 local art and culture project in the borough to receive funding, from the initial round of the Make it Happen grants programme.
The 12 projects that have been selected bring a wide range of creative projects to life, ranging from African storytelling feasts to comedy and circus performances. The projects will see cultural activity take place across the borough throughout the year and showcase the diversity and creativity of the local community.
Make it Happen is one of three grants programmes that make up the £550,000 Fellowship Funding, with the second round of funding opening today for applications.
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said: “London Borough of Culture puts art and culture at the heart of local communities, helping Londoners from all backgrounds experience the wealth of creativity on offer in our city. Waltham Forest’s programme has got off to a spectacular start, and these grants will enable even more local performers, writers and musicians to bring their brilliant and varied ideas to life and to participate in the very first London Borough of Culture.”
Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “We are thrilled to today announce 12 incredible projects that truly represent the diversity of both the communities and culture Waltham Forest proudly represents. In our bid to win the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award we pledged to showcase culture on every corner, and these Fellowship Funding projects play a vital role in achieving this vision. There are many different interpretations of culture and this funding is an opportunity to explore and celebrate that across the borough. No-one needs our permission to be part of this incredible year, but if you are an individual or artist looking for funding support, Fellowship Funding is a brilliant way to do this. We look forward to discovering what inspiring projects the next round of Fellowship Funding will result in.”
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