Camden's cultural patrons back the London Borough of Culture bid
Michael Palin said:
"I wholeheartedly support Camden’s bid for London Borough of Culture. I have lived in the borough for over fifty years and cannot imagine a more conducive atmosphere for all aspects of culture. Camden represents the widest possible spectrum of artistic inspiration and involvement, the best performers and the best audiences. The richness of ethnic groups, the presence of our railway stations which makes Camden the first port of call for many visitors to London and the welcoming atmosphere towards artists and musicians make this borough a great breeding ground for new work. The Round House personifies the borough’s commitment to originality, diversity and responsibility to the local community, whilst Camden’s national institutions like the British Library and the British Museum offer the best of the past."
Actress Jessie Wallace:
Suggs backs the Camden bid and said:
I back Camden's bid to be the London Borough of Culture."
Dame Barbara Windsor, DBR:
"As Patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation I know that music can have an incredible impact in transforming the lives of young people. I'm pleased that Camden is working with the Foundation through the 'Amy's Yard’ programme and I wish their bid to be 'Borough of Culture’, every success.”
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, famous Kentish Town Band:
Kitty: “We’re very lucky to have been born and raised in Camden. It’s such an amazingly diverse mix of different people and cultures. Not only growing up and going to school here, but being exposed to one of the largest music scenes in London has really shaped who we are today.”
Daisy: “It’s a blessing that we’ve been able to play in a handful of Camden’s great venues, Electric ballroom, Dingwalls, Koko, the Roundhouse and more. It makes me feel proud and pretty damn cool to have grown up in such an admirable place. There’s always interesting things going on and wild times to be had. Camden is full of fun eccentrics and intriguing people. There’s never a dull moment.”
Lewis: "We're really proud of our Borough and back the bid to be the first Borough of Culture."
Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU
"Camden is a wonderful and diverse borough, with iconic museums, libraries, galleries, theatres, concert venues and innovative creative businesses. I’m incredibly lucky to live here, and strongly support Camden Council's bid to be the first London Borough of Culture, so that our creative community can grow and share locally, nationally and internationally our unique offering."
David Walliams backs Camden's bid for London Borough of Culture!
Jon Snow backs Camden's bid for London Borough of Culture!
Author Kathy Lette on why she supports Camden's bid to become London Borough of Culture:
DJ Connell, author, on why she supports Camden's bid to become London Borough of Culture
"Jump on a bus anywhere in Camden and within 15 minutes you can be enjoying world-class theatre or music. We have it all here — iconic venues such as the Forum, Union Chapel, Roundhouse, Electric Ballroom and Jazz Café as well as the smaller, local theatres and pub venues for emerging performers. Our borough is defined by culture, history and diversity which is why within walking distance of each other, you can find folk music and dance at Cecil Sharp House and clubs with live reggae and house music. Camden is home to the British Library and the British Museum and also many superb, smaller collections including the Foundling Museum, Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy and Wellcome Collection. Camden is home to London Zoo next to Regent’s Park and historic Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath. It is no surprise that writers, actors and artists love Camden because it is a borough that embraces art and culture. Camden is where it’s at. Camden for London Borough of Culture."
The London Gay Men’s Chorus supports Camden's bid to become London Borough of Culture:
“The London Gay Men’s Chorus has had its home in Camden for over fifteen years and rehearses weekly at Cecil Sharp House in Primrose Hill. We have played sell-out shows at numerous venues across London including Camden’s iconic Roundhouse, and the support of the local community has been incredible. Best of luck to Camden with its bid to be the first London Borough of Culture”.
Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman endorses Camden's bid to become London Borough of Culture:
Irish musician Camille O'Sullivan expresses her support for Camden to become London Borough of Culture:
Musicians Tracy Thorn and Ben Watt from Everything But The Girl express their support for Camden
Author and playwright Jonathan Harvey on why he backs Camden's Culture Bid:
"As someone who spends half their life in the shadow of the Brunswick Centre I love the borough of Camden, there is culture on every corner. Be it the British Museum or Library, the Foundling Museum, or even the Curzon Bloomsbury, we really are spoilt for choice here. And of course with Kings Cross now being the gateway to our European neighbours it is a proud, diverse and welcoming borough. I did my very first book reading for Gay’s The Word in the fabulous New Bloomsbury Set. Every day I walk past the blue plaque on Marchmont Street saying Kenneth Williams lived there and just wish he’d lived long enough so I could bump into him when I’m walking the dog. I'd love for Camden to be the first Borough of Culture."
Singer Nadine Shah:
"Camden was the first place I lived when I moved to London, I was 17. You can imagine what a culture shock that was! I was surrounded by music venues and that's where I learnt my craft. To this day it continues to be a place of great importance to me, a place I visit often for inspiration, be it pubs, gigs or galleries. I've a lot to thank Camden for and happy to say I'm finally playing the Roundhouse there in 2018. I back their bid to be the first Borough of Culture."
Actress Frances Barber expresses her support for Camden's London Borough of Culture bid by saying:
"Camden has incredible theatres, live music spaces and was the birth place of punk. I can think of no better place to be the first London Borough of Culture."
June Brown, MBE, expresses her support for Camden's London Borough of Culture bid
Aiden Gillen, best known for portraying Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones, adds his backing to Camden's London Borough of Culture bid:
"I'm pleased to back Camden to be the first London Borough of Culture."
Ann Mitchell, Patron of WAC Arts and Clean Break and Hon.Dr. of Arts UEL, lifetime achievement award on Camden for London Borough of Culture:
"I've lived in Camden all my adult life and back this bid to the hilt. I look forward to sharing our vibrant local culture with everyone."
Jazzie B OBE on why he supports the Camden bid to become London Borough of Culture
Alastair Cambell joins the support for the London of Borough of Culture bid
"My family and I have lived in Camden for decades. There is nowhere better to live in London and nowhere better for culture. Camden has some of the greatest cultural venues in London which attract people from round the world. It is also the city’s gateway to Europe. Camden will be able to make a truly international statement as the first London Borough of Culture in 2019. I'm proud to support their bid and know this amazing area would make it a success.”
Dermot O’Leary has added his backing to Camden’s London of Borough of Culture bid as a patron of the London Irish Centre.
“As the Patron of the iconic London Irish Centre in Camden Square, I really value the deep cultural richness through all of Camden. The borough is at the heart of the world’s most vibrant, diverse capital city and is a creative cultural powerhouse. Camden’s strengths lie in its combination of people and places, including a proud and creative Irish community, and I am really happy to back its bid to be the London Borough of Culture.”
Charlie Condou, actor and writer, supports the Camden London Borough of Culture bid!
“Camden in the early 2000’s was the epitome of Cool Britannia; I spent most of my time in it’s bars, clubs and shops. If anything, Camden is more vibrant and exciting today, with an incredible array of theatres, comedy clubs and music venues, and a diverse art scene to rival any. I cant think of a better choice for London’s first Borough of Culture”
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