The City of London – Culture, Creativity and the Culture Mile

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The 2020 Annual Lord Mayor’s Gresham event will explore the value of culture for The City of London.

The City of London is not only a great place to do business but also has a rich and vibrant cultural offer making it a great place to live, learn, work and visit.  It is home to a year round programme in the Square Mile led by the City of London Corporation’s Cultural & Visitor Services.  Culture Mile, which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate, is led by the City Corporation in partnership with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, who together are leading the animation of the whole neighbourhood with imaginative collaborations and events.
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This Gresham Lecture will highlight the significant social and economic impact of culture on the City, London and the UK, highlighting the connectivity between trade, innovation and culture. 

This event is introduced by a poem written and performed by Gabriel Akamo.

Speakers include William Russell, Lord Mayor of London, and the directors of some key cultural institutions: Kathryn McDowell CBE, DL, London Symphony Orchestra, Lynne Williams, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE, the Barbican Centre, and Sharon Ament, Museum of London.

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This event was on Thu, 09 Jan 2020


The Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor William Russell

Alderman William Russell took office as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London on 8th November 2019 and was elected to serve a serve a second year in office through 2020/2021 to ensure continuity of leadership during the pandemic.

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Gabriel Akamo

Gabriel is a Nigerian-British poet, actor, facilitator, and creative producer based in London.

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Sharon Ament

Sharon Ament is Director of the Museum of London, a cultural ambassador for the Mayor of London and member of the Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board; on the London Area Council of Arts Council England, Chair of the London Screen Archives and Co-Chair of the Women Leaders in Museums Network.

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Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE

Nicholas is an English music administrator, editor and writer on music. He was responsible for the BBC Proms in 1996–2007, after which he was appointed Managing Director of the Barbican Centre.

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Kathryn McDowell CBE

Kathryn is a British classical musician and businesswomen. Since 2005, she has been the managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Lynne Williams

Lynne joined the Guildhall School as Principal in January 2017. Under her leadership, the School has achieved Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework; has been named as the UK’s number one conservatoire and as the world’s number seven performing arts training institution.

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