London Bridge: Culture Catalysed
Posted on 02/03/2018
In sub-zero temperatures at the newly reopened London Bridge Station, the local Business Improvement District (BID), Team London Bridge, unveiled its first ever Cultural Strategy with a morning of exclusive live performance and speeches; celebrating the cultural community of London Bridge and the area’s importance on the global stage.
Speaking to an audience of BID members and key arts and culture stakeholders, Shonagh Manson, Assistant Director for Culture and Creative Industries for the Mayor of London, praised the creative impulse behind the launch, affirming that BIDs are key allies for local culture. She pointed to the research commissioned by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, conducted by King’s College London, which demonstrated the many roles culture can and does play in place making and promoting a thriving community.
One of the key partners helping to deliver Team London Bridge’s cultural plan is Science Gallery London. Its director, Daniel Glaser, spoke of how ‘Science Gallery London will join the likes of HMS Belfast, Borough Market, Tower Bridge, and the Bridge Theatre in this area of rich cultural importance’. He said: ‘The new Strategy will ingrain the values and aspirations of this community into future plans and capture the imagination of artists and scientists to showcase the area to the world’.
The Chair of Team London Bridge, Professor Simon Howell from King’s College London, ended with a call to businesses, creatives & developers to get involved in shaping the future of culture in the area.
The launch was delivered in partnership with the internationally renowned cultural producer Sherry Dobbin. It included an immersive live performance of Imagine, sung by choirs with Musical and Stage Direction by Esmeralda Conde Ruiz; Video Art by Yoko Ono and Music written by John Lennon & Yoko Ono © 1971 Lennon Music.
From left to right: Nadia Broccardo, Team London Bridge; Professor Simon Howell, King's College London and Team London Bridge; Sherry Dobbin, Cultural Strategist and Producer; Ian Hanson, TFL; Shonagh Manson, Culture and Creative Industries, Mayor of London; and Ellie Beedham, Team London Bridge