Sadiq Khan renews London arts pledge

Newly re-elected as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan today promised to “reignite” the capital’s cultural sector after the pandemic.

Launching a tourism campaign at the Globe Theatre, he promised “jobs, jobs, jobs” in the entertainment, hospitality and retail sectors. Cultural institutions had “suffered so much”.

“Art and culture is what helps to make this the greatest city in the world” Khan said. “After an extremely difficult time for the art and creative sectors, I look forward to our theatres and cultural venues opening up once again.”

He has pledged £6 million to a year of advertising campaigns, public art installations and a programme of special events, including midnight matinees at The Globe, outdoor performances at the Royal Opera House, and late night open air film screenings.

West End Live and the Kids Week tickets scheme will also return as part of Let’s Do London.

“The work begins anew today, to reignite our city, and to kick-start our economy as London continues to open up” Khan said. “My mission over the next three years is to put the dark days of the pandemic behind us and to deliver a better and brighter future for London – creating a fairer, greener and more prosperous city, in which everyone gets the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.”


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