Camden – London Borough of Culture

January 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm / by


This month have written to the Mayor of London to issue my full support for Camden’s bid to be the London Borough of Culture 2019. The borough is home to some of the nation’s favourite live venues and museums, but it is the people of Camden who make it a cultural powerhouse. The full text can be seen below:

Sadiq Khan
Mayor of London
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk

January 2018

Dear Sadiq,

Re: Camden Council’s London Borough of Culture application

My constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn sits across two of London’s fantastic boroughs – Brent and Camden – and this year, it I am thrilled to say that the latter is seeking to be named as London’s Borough of Culture in 2019.

Camden extends well beyond Hampstead and Kilburn, but I am confident that the case for success is so strong, that my personal endorsement need not look beyond my constituency’s boundaries.

This means that I am passing up on the opportunity to draw your attention to cultural mainstays such as the British Museum, the Hunterian, The Roundhouse, and the transport links that designate the borough as the cultural gateway to the European continent.

Central to the case for a successful application are the people of Camden. From George Orwell to Marie Stopes, the pioneers of Camden are well known, but it is the combination of urban bustle and village-like ethos that define areas such as West Hampstead and Belsize Park that ensures culture in Camden not only thrives, but also is open to all.

Over 46% of residents in my local area are foreign born, an indicator of the heritage of inclusion that has shaped Camden’s contemporary cultural identity. By welcoming migrants from Ireland and refugees fleeing political persecution in Nazi Germany, Camden has since developed a burgeoning international dynamic.

Take JW3, the first Jewish Community Centre and arts venue of its kind to exist in London. The centre on Finchley Road receives over 200,000 visitors each year, welcoming major public speakers, to hosting national celebrations. The centre is just one recent addition to a crowded cultural scene that includes the Hampstead Theatre, the Camden Arts Centre, and the former home of Sigmund Freud, the Freud Museum.

I am desperately hoping you will see fit to support Camden’s bid to be named London Borough of Culture. Doing so would fall firmly in line with your commitment as the Mayor of London to keeping London open to Europe and to the wider world.

Yours sincerely,

Tulip Siddiq
Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn