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Borough Of Culture 2020

Sefton is delighted to be chosen as Borough of Culture for 2020.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

Wirral had the honour for 2019 with Sefton taking the title for 2020.

The title awards a £200,000 funding package to support cultural events through the year, delivered as part of the city region’s pioneering 1% for Culture programme.

The focus of Sefton’s programme will be on stories – about us, by us, and for us…all of us!

It will embed the theme of ‘Myths and Realities’.

After engaging with our communities and partners to see what they would like to see from the 2020 programme, we found that there were two key themes that stood out: local history and the environment.

The first part of 2020 will focus much on storytelling, relating to local heritage and recognising the nature of history and stories over time. The second half of the year will focus on the environmental theme and will hopefully coincide with the UN Climate Change Summit.

Please support us throughout 2020 when Sefton gets to showcase itself building on new, existing and community based events.

Media Releases

Read and download the latest news from our 2020 Borough Of Culture year...

The Sefton Saga (pdf 158KB)
Hornby In The Driving Seat (pdf 139KB)
Borough Of Culture Shines On Sefton (pdf 415KB)
Crosby Crowds Lit Up By Lightcloud (pdf 303KB)
Star Performers.pdf (pdf 391KB)
Sefton Stories (pdf 396KB)
Funding Bids For Borough Of Culture Projects (pdf 303KB)
Application Over 5K (word 48KB)
Application Under 5K (word 48KB)
BOC Criteria (word 40KB)
Borough of Culture Proposal (pdf 4.72MB)
Nightingales Song (pdf 197KB)
Funding Bid Applications Ends Soon (pdf 135KB)


Last Updated on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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