The London Festival of Architecture has revealed four focus areas for 2018: a series of very different parts of the capital that will form the focus of a wide range of public activities when the London Festival of Architecture returns on 1-30 June.
Joining the London Festival of Architecture for the first time as focus areas, we are proud to present the City of London and London Bridge as key partners for the festival in 2018. In a year where we explore ‘identity’, the City of London will have much to offer as the oldest part of London and a district that has seen permanent architectural flux for two millennia. Just across the Thames, the presence of the City formed and shaped the London Bridge area and the festival this year will celebrate the neighbourhood’s changing roles, physical transformation and cultural renaissance.
Once again the LFA is delighted to be developing a series of events and other initiatives with partners in the Royal Docks and Battersea Nine Elms. Both are areas experiencing fundamental change, and will once again form backdrops to events that encourage Londoners and visitors to the city to look at them through fresh eyes, and learn about how entirely new quarters of the city are taking shape. Many of the LFA2018 highlights – such as the Silvertown Choir commission or Jim Eyre’s exclusive Battersea Power Station tours – will be hard acts to follow, but we’re confident that our partners in the Royal Docks and Battersea Nine Elms will be up to the challenge.
Nadia Broccardo, Team London Bridge Chief Executive tells us:
“From relative backwater to global commercial district and thriving creative community, London Bridge has changed beyond recognition over the past 20 years. Becoming a hub for the London Festival of Architecture 2018 provides the perfect opportunity for the city to reflect on the identity of this important, historic area and celebrate the capital’s ability to interpret local character and contexts.”
Carolyn Dwyer, Director of the Built Environment at the Corporation of the City of London said:
“The City is a dynamic, diverse and vibrant place for both business and culture. The Square Mile is rapidly changing but it continues to be a world-leading destination for businesses, residents and visitors, maintaining its position as a global financial and business centre. The City of London is also a leading cultural destination and we are working hard to create a sense of place throughout the whole of the City and continue to strive to enhance our cultural offer. We very much look forward to hosting the London Festival of Architecture 2018 and to welcoming even more visitors to the Square Mile and to Culture Mile, the City’s creative exchange, at the heart of the City.”