Camden’s Arts, Events and Tourism service is provided by two teams: Arts Development and the Events Service.

Arts Development

Arts Development focuses on strategically growing and protecting arts and culture in the borough, by developing and  supporting cultural and community projects and organisations, including the curation and management of Swiss Cottage Gallery. They oversee the delivery of Camden’s first cultural framework  and lead the recently formed Cultural Partnership – Cultural Camden, who help deliver and champion the framework’s vision.

Events Service

The Events Service manage the hire of council owned venues and facilities. They also manage all 70 Parks and Open spaces and the public realm for community and corporate event delivery and welcome commercial activations. The Events team coordinate the annual grant funding for community led festivals, and all outdoor broadcasting, film and photography in the borough.

Love Camden

Love Camden is our guide for residents and visitors to explore everything Camden has to offer, from art exhibitions and theatre shows, to comedy gigs, pop-ups and events. 

Check out the neighbourhood guides to explore what’s on your doorstep, discover something new from our Top 10 articles. Keep up to date by following Love Camden on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Covid-19 Culture Recovery Fund

On Sunday 5 July 2020, the government announced a 1.57bn recovery package for the arts, culture and heritage sector, with 1.15bn available for England. 

Culture Recovery Fund overview

  • 500m for arts and culture organisations, Local Authorities, Universities and other Public Sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services via Arts Council England
  • 30m for non-profit and independent cinema via the British Film Institute
  • 92m for heritage organisations via Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • 270m for loans via the Culture Recovery Board for Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • 100m of targeted support for national cultural institutions
  • 120m in capital investment to restart construction on cultural and heritage infrastructure projects, paused due to coronavirus

258m is in reserve for any future needs of organisations later in the financial year.

Key dates

Arts Council England

Round 1
Application Open Date: midday, Monday 10 August 2020
Application Deadline: midday, Friday 21 August 2020

Round 2
Application Open Date: 4 pm, Friday 21 August 2020
Application Deadline: midday, Friday 4 September 2020

British Film Institute

Application Open Date: Monday 10 August 2020
Application Deadline: Friday 30 October 2020

Historic England and National Heritage Lottery Fund

Application Open Date: Thursday 30 July 2020
Application Deadline: midday, Monday 17 August 2020

Application support

We are running an online advice workshop with local cultural organisations on applying to the Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund.

This workshop will share key information about the fund, its application process, and will cover the application questions.

It's open to any Camden organisation eligible for the Culture Recovery Fund. Held via Microsoft Teams, Monday 24 August, 2:30pm - 4pm. 

Please email mike.candler@camden.gov.uk to register your interest.

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