Lon­don to cre­ate new art quar­ter

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE -

LON­DON — The City of Lon­don Cor­po­ra­tion and ma­jor arts or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Square Mile an­nounced on Fri­day am­bi­tious plans to cre­ate a new art quar­ter for the his­toric city. The north­ern bor­der of the city of Lon­don will be the home to a new Cul­ture Mile, ac­cord­ing to CLC, the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity.

The Cul­ture Mile will fea­ture a new mu­seum cov­er­ing Lon­don and its his­tory and a new mu­sic cen­ter that will have the ca­pac­ity to be a ma­jor venue for vis­it­ing or­ches­tras. The area is al­ready home to the Bar­bi­can Arts Cen­ter with two con­cert halls, two the­aters, an art gallery and cin­e­mas, as well as the Mu­seum of Lon­don, the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic & Drama and Lon­don Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s St Luke’s venue.

In ad­di­tion, the area has a rich her­itage rang­ing from the Ro­man pe­riod through me­dieval churches and an­cient crafts groups to dis­tin­guished con­tem­po­rary build­ings by lead­ing architects.

“Now is the time to draw all this his­tory, in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment to­gether in a ma­jor ini­tia­tive, as the arts, her­itage and cul­ture or­ga­ni­za­tions in the north­west of the City ... come to­gether to launch Cul­ture Mile, a ma­jor des­ti­na­tion for the cul­ture of to­day in the heart of Lon­don’s fi­nan­cial dis­trict,” says Ni­cholas Kenyon, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Bar­bi­can Arts Cen­ter.

“With the ex­cit­ing ma­jor devel­op­ment of the new

Now is the time to draw all this his­tory, in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment to­gether in a ma­jor ini­tia­tive.” Ni­cholas Kenyon, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Bar­bi­can Arts Cen­ter

Mu­seum of Lon­don in West Smith­field, and the am­bi­tious vi­sion to cre­ate a new Cen­ter for Mu­sic ... we have the po­ten­tial to work with stake­hold­ers and part­ners to re­de­fine the role of the City for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” Kenyon adds.

The area has tra­di­tion­ally been the home of of­fices of ma­jor fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions such as the Stock Ex­change and of global fi­nan­cial gi­ants like Gold­man Sachs and Deutsche Bank.

CLC pol­icy chair­man Catherine McGuin­ness says the aim is to make Lon­don “ad­mired as much for be­ing a world-class cul­tural des­ti­na­tion as for its po­si­tion as a lead­ing global fi­nan­cial cen­ter”.

“There is no doubt that Cul­ture Mile will trans­form the area and in the face of Brexit send a sig­nal to the world that Lon­don is ... a wel­com­ing, open and res­o­lutely in­ter­na­tion­al­ist city.”

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