Lewisham is the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022

We’re ready to shake things up. We’re ready for change. From venues to parks and street corners, we will tell the story of Lewisham’s trailblazers past and present.

With a call to action on the climate emergency and a celebration of Lewisham’s diverse communities, we’re thrilled to unveil a year that reflects our borough’s rich history of activism with spectacular live performances, dazzling visual art and innovative dance, music and debate.

Beginning in January 2022 and jointly led by the Albany and Lewisham Council, We Are Lewisham is co-created by and with the people of Lewisham and will bring together all of our neighbourhoods, communities and stories for a year of celebration like no other.

Our manifesto for the year includes these three strands:

  • We will protect this place we love – a call to action on the climate emergency
  • We are strengthened by diversity – a celebration of our borough of sanctuary
  • We will be happy here – a commitment to building an inclusive society

Highlights of the year-long programme, which kicks off at the end of January, include Revolution through Music, a celebration of the grassroots music culture that has sprung from the borough; Climate Home, a purpose-built low carbon performance space created by Albany associate artists Sounds Like Chaos, and the UK premiere of Sun and Sea, a theatrical installation featuring 13 performers and 10 tonnes of sand.

For more information on what we’ve got planned, visit the We Are Lewisham website, and make sure you’ve signed up to our mailing list to be the first to know when tickets for our strands of the programme go on sale.

Introduced by the Mayor of London in 2017, London Borough of Culture is an award that sees London’s 32 boroughs bid for over £1m of funding to stage a programme of cultural events. The award brings Londoners together, putting culture at the heart of local communities to shine a light on the character of London’s boroughs.

We Are Lewisham is presented by Lewisham Council in partnership with the Albany as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.