Royal Docks to be London’s £5bn new cultural quarter

The mayors of London and Newham have declared the Royal Docks a new cultural quarter for the capital that could generate £5bn in investment over the next 20 years, as a new festival, Royal Docks Originals, opens.

The festival, with a programme of performances, visual art and events, was kicked off by a promenade performance,Arrival, co-directed by West End director Matthew Dunster and Jon Bausor, the 2012 Paralympics set designer, with more than 20 music, dance, art, theatre, film and photography commissions chosen to demonstrate local

The Royal Docks is to host a wide range of creative workspaces and cultural infrastructure including the Factory Project, which will transform Tate & Lyle Sugar warehouses and yards into community workspaces from next year, with planning permission secured for a 360 degree rotating theatre show, due to open in 2023.

“This major new cultural quarter has the potential to deliver 35,000 jobs, 4,000 new homes and more than £5 billion of inward investment within the next 20 years” said Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London.

“It is the latest example of London roaring back to life with culture leading the way in our city’s economic recovery. As London’s only Enterprise Zone, business rates are reinvested into the Royal Docks local area and £314 million has already been approved to transform this part of the capital as a distinctive location for business and culture – which will be of huge benefit to local people, our city’s huge pool of creative talent and London as a whole.”

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