Work begins on Newham Council’s New Cultural Strategy
With post-pandemic recovery in mind, we’re pleased to share news of Newham Council’s plans to deliver a new cultural strategy for the borough encompassing IQL Stratford, on which work has already begun.
According to the news on Newham Council’s Government webpage, the strategy will prioritise the collaboration and engagement of businesses, residents and communities alike. The result is set to be a cultural offer that will enable them to participate in all that is celebratory, vibrant and diverse about Newham, which was formed out of the Essex county boroughs of West Ham and East Ham.
“I’m passionate about both providing everyone connected to Newham with opportunities as we rebuild from the Covid-19 pandemic and nurture those existing networks,” says the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, who continues, “building on them to ensure that they continue to grow.
“Indeed, culture is a key element of the Towards a Better Newham Covid-19 Recovery Strategy. Building on our successful work with young people, the cultural strategy will provide access to the creative and cultural sectors across the borough.
“Not only will it encompass all existing and planned cultural activity and set the direction for the next 15 years, but it will also promote further cultural connections between the business and creative sectors and Newham’s rich and diverse culture.
“Only recently Newham became an Arts Council England (ACE) priority area for cultural investment over the next three years. This was a direct result of my determination that residents and businesses are prioritised in relation to arts and culture in what is one of the most creative and diverse parts of the UK.”
The development of the BBC, V&A East, Sadler’s Wells and the London School of Fashion already mark an exciting new future for the borough when they open in Stratford. Joining them is also the 2024 arrival of The Turing Building, IQL’s newest and most exciting workspace and one of the foremost examples of sustainable office design London has yet seen.
In addition, with 2021 being the Year of the Young Person and the tenth anniversary of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games coming soon, Newham is well placed to be at the forefront of cultural provision in London.
The strategy is set to be submitted to next February’s Cabinet meeting, with Publica working with Newham council to deliver the plans.