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Mayor announces Cultural Strategy Group for London
8-7-2000   048

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, has announced the names of the people who will help him develop a cultural strategy for London.

The Cultural Strategy Group for London (CSGL) will have a diverse membership reflecting the breadth and vibrancy of cultural life in London, and will be responsible for developing a strategy taking in theatre, music, heritage, sport and tourism.

Chairing the group will be Yasmin Anwar, Commissioning Editor for Multicultural Programmes at Channel Four. Other members include Nicholas Serota, Tate Director, Wozzy Brewster, Acting Chair of the London Youth Arts Network, Yvonne Marson, former England netball player, Ben Knowles, Editor of the New Musical Express, and Eenasul Fateh (professionally known as Aladin), a former international management consultant who is now a magician and live artist.

Mr Livingstone said: "London is arguably the cultural capital of the world. I want to cement and bolster that position while at the same time ensuring our cultural policy reaches out to the whole of London.

"I want to make sure the city's cultural life is one that all Londoners feel able to contribute to, not just a cultural elite. Culture touches all of our lives but is too often taken for granted, rather than cherished and celebrated. I want a city in which everyone values our cultural diversity, where more people attend and take part in arts events, play sport and keep fit, and I want to look at new ways to attract public and private money to help us do that.

"The membership of the Group reflects our aim to make diversity and equality a central element of the strategy. Bringing people with a high national profile together with those who have real expertise at a grass roots level will help us bring the cultural best out of our city."

Applications and nominations to the board were of the highest quality and it is likely that other people will be approached to advise on specific issues as they arise.

The first meeting of CSGL will take place on Wednesday, July 19, at 5pm at a venue to be announced soon. This will be open to the press and the public and there will be an opportunity for the media to meet members.

Cultural Strategy Group for London

Yasmin Anwar, Chair - Commissioning Editor, Multicultural Programmes, Channel 4

Eenasul Fateh (Aladin), Vice-Chair - Magician, live-artist and cultural practitioner specialising in working with vulnerable groups, former international management consultant

Nicolas Kent - Artistic Director, Tricycle Theatre and Cinema

Maya Even - Broadcaster, presenter of the Money Programme, governor of the South Bank Centre Diane Henry - Merchant banker, Director of African-Caribbean Westminster Business Initiative

Cllr Bob Harris - Chair of the Arts and Leisure Panel, Association of London Government, member of London Arts Board, member for regeneration on Greenwich Council

Cllr Lyn Brown - Chair of the London Libraries Development Agency, member of London Sports Board, member of Newham Council

Cllr Raj Chandarana - Deputy Chair of London Boroughs Grants, member of London Tourist Board, member of Croydon Council Nicholas Serota - Director, Tate

Richard Sumray - Director and Chief Executive of London International Sport, member of the Board of the London Youth Games, and the London Sports Board

Paul Hopper - Chairman of the Joint London Tourism Forum, Chief Executive of London Tourist Board Yvonne Marson - Former England netball player, adviser to Sport England (London), and Senior Officer for Youthsport London

Belinda Sosinowicz - Director of the Trust Arts Project (an arts and health service), steering group member of the London Forum for Arts in Healthcare

Esrah Ahmed - Bangladeshi writer, active in dance, music and club culture Piers Gough - Architect, member of the English Heritage London Advisory Committee

Martin McCallum - President of the Society of London Theatre, Chairman of the Donmar Warehouse

Bev Randall - TV and theatre producer, manager of Richard Blackwood and Curtis Walker, board member of London International Festival of Theatre Chinedu Aniedobe - Arts and entertainments manager, comedy promoter, qualified youth and community worker

Ben Knowles - Editor, New Musical Express

Wozzy Brewster - Director Midi Music Centre, Peckham, Acting-Chair of London Youth Arts Network Jeanette Arnold - London Assembly Member, Labour

Sally Hamwee - London Assembly Member, Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Howlett - London Assembly Member, Conservative

Additional places will be filled over the next few weeks by nominations from, among others, the Green Party group on the Assembly and the Chinese community.

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