Statements and updates on events in London

Last updated: 24 March 2020

Statement on changes to London Borough of Culture programming

The Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE, has today (24 March) announced changes to the London Borough of Culture programme in response to the impact of coronavirus. 

Brent 2020 is rescheduling its programme until later in 2020, with the Kilburn High Street Party and Liberty Festival, the Mayor of London’s free festival celebrating of the work of Deaf and disabled artists, happening in the summer of 2021. Lewisham’s year as London Borough of Culture will move to 2022. Croydon will remain London Borough of Culture for 2023.

Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE, said: “It’s important that we all follow the Government’s instructions to stay at home unless it is essential to leave. But we do not want Londoners to miss out on the amazing creative programmes that Brent, Lewisham and Croydon have planned, so that is why we have re-scheduled our plans. We will work closely with artists, the boroughs and all those involved to ensure they are supported during these challenging times.”

Pride in London postponed

Pride in London has announced the postponement of the Parade and associated events that were due to take place on Saturday 27 June 2020, with a new date to be announced in due course.

This decision has been taken in light of the current advice from Public Health England and the UK Government regarding coronavirus and how long the current situation could potentially last.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan tweeted: "The Pride in London parade and events are a key time of celebration and solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community. It’s right that events are postponed until it is once again safe for us to celebrate together."

"It’s vitally important that we all listen to the latest scientific advice to stay at home. The organisers of Pride in London are taking the right precautions to protect the health of the LGBTQ+ community and all Londoners."

You can read the full statement from the Pride in London Co-Chairs on the Pride London Website.

Statement on the Fourth Plinth

The Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE, has announced that the installation of the next sculpture on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square has been postponed due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus. 

THE END by Heather Phillipson was due to be installed on the Fourth Plinth on March 26, but will now be unveiled at a later date.

The Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE, said: “It is important that we all follow the Government’s advice to stop all non-essential contact and not hold large gatherings. We will wait to unveil the next Fourth Plinth commission so that Londoners and visitors can properly enjoy it."

“Meanwhile, we will support all the individuals and businesses involved in the commissioning, planning and operation of this installation during these challenging times.”

EURO 2020 postponed

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, UEFA have now taken the decision to postpone the Men’s EURO tournament to 2021. While this will come as disappointing news to many, the health of fans, players, officials and the general public must be the priority. Everyone is working towards what will be a fantastic tournament.

We continue to work closely with the Department for Health, Public Health England, and the NHS, so the city is fully prepared to respond to the evolving situation. The safety of the public will always come first. 

Trafalgar Square events cancelled until further notice

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed that all events in Trafalgar Square will be cancelled until further notice. 

The Mayor attended the Government’s emergency Cobra meeting yesterday afternoon to discuss the impact coronavirus is having on London and the country.

Following that meeting, the Government announced a series of measures to deal with coronavirus, including advice that large gatherings should not take place.

In light of this, the Mayor has confirmed that Trafalgar Square events will be cancelled until further notice. This includes celebrations for the Feast of St George on April 18, Vaisakhi on April 25 and Eid on May 30.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It is vital that we take all necessary precautions to ensure the health of all in our city.

“Our Trafalgar Square celebrations are key moments that bring communities together from across the capital, but the Government has advised that large gatherings should not take place so we will be cancelling them until further notice."

“This is a challenging time for everyone but I want to reassure Londoners that we will continue to follow the advice of the medical experts and take the steps that are required to suppress this virus.”


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