IMAGINE

A community-led responsive season of programmes, initiatives and events that will transform where we live and work. 

IMAGINE is a season of programmes, events and activities that reframe Culture Mile's evolving transformation into a vibrant and welcoming destination: at home, throughout the community, in the streets, and across businesses.

The global coronavirus pandemic has meant many of us have felt our worlds shrink. For some, this is not a new reality, for others it’s a stark change. For all of us, our lives feel more local than ever.

The new normal has prompted Culture Mile to revaluate its interaction with the surrounding area, forge new relationships and reframe how a cultural organisation can and should support those in its immediate vicinity.

Over the next six months, Culture Mile will work closely with and respond to the challenges of its local community.

IMAGINE  is a key component of this work; aiming to proactively and fundamentally shift Culture Mile's contribution to and vision for the area in a lasting way.

At Home

Inviting Culture Mile into local community homes and building relationships with audiences old and new.

Brookfield Properties partnership

Together with our partners Brookfield Properties, we have co-commissioned a digital series of films inspired by place, which will be released later in the year. The films will be directed by emerging filmmakers and feature LSO musicians, marking the latest development in Brookfield Properties and Culture Mile’s long-standing collaboration.

Throughout the community

Responding to the needs of local residents and our partner schools while deepening engagement and relevancy.

Imagine Fund

We’re offering ten micro-grants to support local people to develop new ideas for the area – whether creative, cultural or community-based.

Imagine Commissions

We’re commissioning new work to engage with less visible neighbouring communities within the local area. The Imagine Commissions will eventually fund a series of grassroots projects, both nominated by Culture Mile's core partners and workshopped and grown through the Imagine Fund's seed funding. 

Islington Play Association

Culture Mile and the Museum of London are working with Islington Play Association to commission an artist to work with local families and co-create a semi-permanent play resource in TImbuktu Adventure Playground.

Breakfast Club x Women for Refugee Women

Breakfast Club are working with groups of service users from the charity Women for Refugee Women to create music that explores their unique identity & experiences, while imagining new futures.

On the Streets

Animating the spaces in between and bringing culture and content out onto the streets.

Across Businesses

Redefining the relationship between culture and commerce as an integral part of stimulating a resilient economy.

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Culture Mile is a new home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital.

The City of London Corporation, together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London, are bringing the area to life with imaginative collaborations and exciting events.

The Culture Mile core partners