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Creative Ways We’ve Grown – Lambeth’s Creative and Digital Industries Strategy Five Years On

In 2018, Lambeth Council introduced its groundbreaking Creative and Digital Industries Strategy, “Creative Ways to Grow,” envisioning Lambeth at the forefront of this dynamic sector. Over the last five years, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the strategy has promoted arts and culture, driven economic growth, and supported residents to engage with creativity.  

With the Creative and Digital Industries identified as a priority growth sector for the borough’s future, Lambeth Council decided to review the achievements and learnings from the initial strategy. Last week, we published “Creative Ways We’ve Grown: Lambeth’s Creative and Digital Industries Strategy Five Years On” to highlight the inspirational individuals and institutions who have contributed to the creative growth of the borough since 2018 and begin thinking about how we might move forward with our work.  

To celebrate the publication of “Creative Ways We’ve Grown”, we held an event at the Gallery of the Department Store, a co-working space in the heart of Brixton. Over 100 local stakeholders, partners, schools, and residents attended the event to hear speakers talk about their hopes and aspirations for Lambeth’s Creative and Digital industries over the coming years. Speakers included the Leader of Lambeth Council, Claire Holland; educator and artist Linett Kamala; CEO of Raw Material Music and Media, Rachel Nelken; Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Mark Ball; and Lambeth’s first Poet Laureate, Abstract Benna.   


  • Councillor Claire Holland said: 

    "As we reflect on the last five years, we extend our sincere thanks to all those who have contributed to our collective achievements. We are proud of the progress made and look forward to reinvigorating our ambitions for the future of Lambeth's Creative and Digital Industries."  

As well as highlighting the progress made over the last five years, the event also premiered the new ELEVATE promo film. ELEVATE is Lambeth’s mission to open the creative and cultural sector to all the borough’s youth aged 0-30. The video was filmed in Brixton House by Iconic Steps with the help of ‘Elevators, George Owusu-afriyie and Sky Ceasar’ and featured many organisations that have worked with ELEVATE, including The Bureau of Silly Ideas, Neon Performing Arts, Ascension Agency, Whippersnappers and Streatham Youth & Community Trust  

As we develop our new Creative and Digital Industries Strategy, we are committed to prioritising equity and justice to ensure every resident can access and influence the borough’s diverse cultural opportunities.   

We want to express gratitude to partners, contributors, collaborators, funders, and champions who have played a pivotal role in the success of Creative and Digital Industries in Lambeth to date, and we invite anyone who wants to join us on our future journey to get in touch.  

Read in wholeCreative Ways We’ve Grown: Lambeth’s Creative and Digital Industries Strategy Five Years On.

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