Borough of Culture

Barking and Dagenham for London borough of culture. Help make Barking and Dagenham London's first borough of culture.

We’re submitting a bid for Barking and Dagenham to be crowned the London Borough of Culture in the Mayor of London’s first competition. We think our borough, and the people who live and work here, are special – and that it’s time for our cultural achievements to be celebrated.

If we win, we’ll be awarded £1.1million to bring more cultural activities, like art classes, theatre and live music, to your neighbourhood – and support more community-led organisations that have been working hard with limited resources. Let’s make this happen – #BackBD!

Back the bid for Barking and Dagenham. We need your support to be crowned borough of culture.

We’ve now submitted our bid but you can continue to pledge your support until we find out which borough has picked up the accolade in February 2019.

More ways you can support the bid

It’s time to put Barking and Dagenham on the map, and make our cultural achievements known to the rest of London. Winning this competition will bring funding and resources to the borough to support more activities for you and your family to enjoy. Get behind the bid and share your support. Here’s how:

1. Share your support on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BackBD – make sure you’re following us @lbbdcouncil or or @lbbdcouncil on Instagram.

2. Download our poster to display in your front room window, shop front, school – anywhere you can proudly showcase your support.

3. Take a selfie with your friends holding our ‘We back the bid’ download, and upload it to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #BackBD, tagging us in.

4. Make your own 5 second video of you and your mates shouting ‘We back Barking and Dagenham’s bid’ and submit it here.

5. Download our email signature and add it to your emails.


We want to create as much noise about our bid as possible so everyone knows we’re fierce competition.