Havering is bidding to become London Borough of Culture.

Back our bid

We believe it is our time to put Havering firmly on the map of London.”


Our vision is to transform Havering into a hub of creative innovation

Unlocked by the £1.35 million grant from the Mayor of London, we will create a legacy that will resonate for generations.

This will fuel the change we need to create new opportunities for every part of our borough, allowing us to create a lasting impact through a diverse range of projects.

We are committed to co-creating world-leading artistic events and experiences with our residents, placing people at the heart. We will unlock Havering’s hidden stories and showcase the vibrancy of our community. The goal is to empower everyone, offering pathways to creative careers and opportunities for participation that enhance well-being.

Throughout the journey, we’ve collaborated with exceptional artists, community groups, and dedicated volunteers who share a passion for Havering’s cultural life.

Now, it’s your turn to have a say.

Together, we can help transform Havering to become a beacon of culture. By supporting the bid to become London Borough of Culture, you are championing a brighter, more vibrant future.

Join us as we write a new chapter for Havering.

Back the bid to show how much this is needed in Havering. 

The bid has been developed in partnership with:

Havering Changing:
Havering Changing is an Arts Council England funded Creative People and Places Project which supports local people, living and working, in Harold Hill, Orchard Village, Rainham and Romford to choose, create and take part in their own programme of inspiring arts and culture.

Mercury Shopping Centre, Havering Asian Social & Welfare Association, Clarion Futures, New City College (Ardleigh Green and Sixth Form campuses), Havering Volunteer Centre, Havering Youth Services and MyPlace, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Rainham Association for Village Events.

FUSE (Local Culture Education Partnership):
FUSE: Havering is the Local Cultural Education Partnership for Havering which brings together senior colleagues from education and arts organisations to work closely together to transform the lives of Havering’s young people by ensuring high quality access to culture for every child and young person in the borough and better promote the value of culture in education.

London Borough of Havering Culture and Leisure Services, London Borough of Havering Education Services, London Borough of Havering Youth Service, New City College, Ardleigh Green Campus, New City College, Sixth Form College, Parsonage Farm Primary School, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, Scotts Primary School, Squirrels Heath Junior School, St Edward’s Church of England Academy, The Federation of Towers Schools.

Creative Health Havering:
Creative Health Havering is a network of local grassroots community organisations, third sector services and medical professionals exploring opportunities around social prescribing and the benefit of arts activity for health and wellbeing. Part of a growing movement to bring voluntary sector and health partners together to explore the synergies between culture, health and wellbeing, integrating into a wider London and national network.

Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering, Alzheimer’s Society London Borough of Havering, Anna Robinson  (Health Coach and Mindfulness and Pain Management teacher and Director of Happy Body Happy Mind), Councillor Jacqueline McArdle (Local Ward councillor for Rainham & Wennington, Secretary of Hornchurch & District Allotment Society and Steward of Rainham Allotments and Member Champion for the volunteer sector), Deborah Hardy  (Behaviour Therapist, Learning Mentor, Alternative Holistic Health Service), Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association, Havering Crest Primary Care Network,Havering Local Area Coordinators, Havering Volunteer Centre, The Habbit Factory, Healthwatch Havering, Joan-Albert Serra (Music, Arts and Education Consultant and Researcher), London Borough of Havering, Culture & Leisure, London Borough of Havering Public Health,  London Borough of Havering Education Services, London Borough of Havering Housing, My Health Matters, MyPlace Youth and Community Centre, NHS North East London Health and Care Partnership, Paint Wellbeing, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Rainham Foodbank.

Communicating Havering:
Communicating Havering is the dynamic network of Havering-based organisations dedicated to championing Havering as a cultural destination. The network aims to ensure that the cultural activity in the borough is celebrated and shared locally and nationally, promoting Havering as a destination for business and creativity. Communicating Havering is chaired by Romford BID.
Supporters: Variable Matter, CEME (Centre of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence), Romford BID, Wates Group, NO Collective.
London Borough of Havering
We submit our bid at the end of Nov 2023.
Our consultation continues until Feb 2024.

If you have any questions about our London Borough of Culture bid, email info@haveringlondon.com

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