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.

PLAY films

Together with our partners Brookfield Properties, we have collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra to bring you two short films celebrating the creative energy of the City. Each film features LSO musicians, dancers and original compositions in collaboration with emerging filmmakers, marking the latest development in Brookfield Properties and Culture Mile’s long-standing relationship.

The Spell & The Promise

Directed by Lexi Kiddo, ‘The Spell & The Promise’ plays like a contemporary fairytale. The performance by Gareth Davies (Principal Flute, London Symphony Orchestra) casts a spell as dancers Faye Stoeser and Salomé Pressac respond to composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman's new and original composition.


‘Rising’ explores our longing for human connection alongside our relationship with space during a locked-down world. Directed by Antonia Luxem, it features Marie Astrid Mence (Ballet Black) with Maxine Kwok (First Violin, London Symphony Orchestra) performing a new composition by composer Darren Bloom.

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. 

Breakfast Club x Women for Refugee Women

Breakfast Club worked 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.


Culture Mile worked with Art in Flux, artist Stuart Bachelor, and the City of London Family of Schools to create an interactive and collaborative artwork exploring school students’ feelings during the pandemic.

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.

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