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This report updates Cultural Metropolis, the Mayor's culture strategy first published four years ago. It contains:
Update on our policy acheivements and next steps in: Maintaining London's position as a world city of culture, Widening the reach, Education and skills, Infrastructure, environment and the public realm
Culture and London 2012: recap of the cultural triumphs and cultural legacy from the Games
Case studies on the Museum of London, William Morris Gallery, London, home of menswear campaign and many more
Lots of great cultural images of London and fantastic artworks provided by David Shrigley
The life and work of Cyril Mann, 1911-1980, the artist known for his paintings of bombsites in post Blitz London, has been honoured with an Islington People's Plaque. The plaque sits on the wall of his former home and studio from 1956 to 1964 - Bevin Court, WC1. See here for more details.
This report compares twelve major cities across the world and concludes that culture is critical to how a city wants to present itself on the world stage.
In London, culture has a critical role in ensuring its economic prosperity:
1,030 museums and galleries contributed to the city's ability to attract 15 million international tourists in 2011.
The city's 214 theatres and their world-renowned productions result in more than £500m in ticket sales per year, while the 566 screens of London's 108 cinemas generated over £235m in revenue in 2010.
With 349 live music venues, 10 major concert halls, 337 night clubs and 37,450 restaurants, London provides its residents with a vibrant cultural environment appealing to industries and talents from around the world.
99,360 international students came to study in London higher education colleges in 2010 - 57 of which specialise in culture.
Islington is home to the Free Word Centre, the UK’s only dedicated literature house with an extensive programme of festivals and events. Free Word is the base for a range of extraordinary organisations involved in promoting and developing literature, literacy and free expression.
Islington Council recognises and supports the intrinsic value of culture, the joy and benefit that culture brings to the lives of people for its own sake. However, the local authority has wider priorities and Islington Council also recognises the instrumental value of culture. Although culture is not a magic wand that can solve deep-seated issues on it’s own it can bond people and things together and help deliver on the Council’s wider agenda, improving the health and wellbeing of its residents, promoting skills and educational attainment, economic prosperity and community cohesion.
"Islington is a creative powerhouse; arts and culture are at its heart. We want to harness and promote the energy and ideas of the creative sector, building meaningful networks that enable the borough's organizations and individuals to fulfill their creative potential".
Funded by Islington Council Creative Islington is an independent not for profit company limited by guarantee.