Duckie’s Amy is London’s first Night Czar
Amy Lamé, the writer, performer, campaigner, LBGT champion and co-founder of the performance collective Duckie, has been appointed London’s first “Night Czar” by mayor Sadiq Khan.
Following Amsterdam, Berlin and San Francisco London becomes the largest city to appoint an ambassador for the night time economy. Her task will be to boost London’s flourishing nocturnal cultural scene.
Recent research shows that the night time economy contributes £26.3bn to London’s annual gross domestic product, equivalent to 40 per cent of the UK’s night time economy, expected to rise to £28.3bn by 2029.
“I can’t wait to hit the streets and have loads of ideas of what I can do for revellers, night-time workers, businesses and stakeholders” she said today. “For too long the capital’s night-time industry has been under pressure - music venues and nightclubs in particular are closing at an alarming rate.
“With the advent of the Night Tube and the Mayor’s commitment to protect iconic venues across the city I’m confident that I can inspire a positive change in the way people think about the night time economy. I look forward to bringing together local authorities, the police, Transport for London and many other people from across the night time industries to transform London into a truly 24-hour city.”
One of Khan’s first acts after his election earlier this year was to establish a night time commission to review the after dark economy, and its chair, currently deputy mayor Justine Simons but soon to be replaced to free her for other duties, will liaise with Lamé.
In her first initiative the new night czar is planning a series of monthly “night surgeries” through which she will speak directly to businesses, night-time workers, members of the public and residents to understand Londoners’ views of the night-time economy.