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London Essays – Culture

This issue of London Essays looks at the past, present and future of culture in the capital, and especially at how London’s position as a global city affects and is affected by the arts.

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London, the city of Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf, Hogarth and Francis Bacon, Handel and David Bowie, Hawksmoor and Stirling, has long been an important centre for the arts.

What does a highly diverse population mean for the creation and consumption of culture? What do the arts mean to London’s fast-changing, increasingly globalised economy? How does new technology change cultural experience? What will maintaining London’s role as a global artistic capital require? How can all Londoners be engaged in the capital’s rich cultural life?

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