London Borough of Culture bid: Sutton 2023 - Make culture matter

Closed 27 Oct 2019

Opened 6 Sep 2019

Feedback expected 31 Jan 2020


We’ve been thinking about what we could do to capture the collective imagination of our residents, partner organisations and businesses. In a time of austerity and budget cuts, how can we celebrate and share our diverse cultures and values?

In the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, when cutting edge science entered mainstream culture, we had one standout idea.

A bid to become the London Borough of Culture 2023.

This is an exciting opportunity. Sutton is a real contender for this prestigious award. It could bring in up to £1.35 million to invest in the cultural offer across the borough, to inspire our children and build a legacy for the future making culture matter more than ever in our borough.

Our bid will focus on The London Cancer Hub. Being built right now, this campus of local and international scientists, researchers and technicians is based in our borough, working to combat different forms of cancer and improve people’s life chances. It is Sutton’s best-kept secret.

This fantastic, born-of-Sutton development presents us with an opportunity for all communities, groups and ages to come together to spotlight the cultural richness and growing diversity within our borough.

To be successful we need your support. 

Sutton is the safest and greenest borough in London with thriving communities and neighbourhoods. These are great foundations, but to succeed we need everyone in Sutton to get involved and back our bid. 

Why your views matter

Help us win a £1.35 million investment to spend on an out of this world arts and culture programme by pledging your support for Sutton’s bid to be 2023 London Borough of Culture.

Every piece of content on social media using #Sutton2023 will help us go viral – so post, tweet or share your images online.

The bid will be submitted to the Mayor of London on the 28 October, and the winning borough will be announced in January 2020.


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