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Culture Mile: cultural capital for London and the world

July 2017

Today JWA have been at the morning press launch of Culture Mile at Milton Court, Guildhall, in the City.

It’s a project we’ve been working on for some time so it’s thrilling to start seeing things come to fruition.

Culture Mile is a partnership led by the City of London Corporation comprising the Barbican, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London. They will be producing a continuous programme of pop-up performances, art installations and inclusive events will animate the spaces in between the partner venues, bringing the City to life for a diverse audience during the day, in the evenings and at the weekends.

Exciting details and themes came out during this morning’s press briefing. The first of which is that education and learning will form a crucial part of the new partnership. The cross-organisational nature of the Culture Mile will mean previously-unheard-of fusion of training and skills for people of all ages in the City.

Nick Kenyon, MD at the Barbican, also spoke lucidly about the need, post-Brexit, to present London as a world-class city and its cultural institutions as more than the sum of their parts.

Crossrail, too, is of vital importance, bringing 1.4 million more people within easy striking distance of the Culture Mile. Sharon Ament at the Museum of London is even planning on integrating the Queen Elizabeth Line as a visible exhibit at the new museum’s site in West Smithfield.

Overall though, the focus was on the transformational nature of this project: this is about changing perceptions of the City from a place of financial importance to one human and cultural capital, too.