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Believe! Faith, Freedom and Football

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The City of London Corporation presents an annual programme of outdoor cultural events and new commissions about and for Londoners, reflecting London's diversity and brining the City's heritage and architecture to life in new and innovative ways.

In 2020, the City Corporation will deliver a significant new outdoor arts programme entitled Believe! Faith, Freedom (and Football). Believe! will explore the connecting themes of faith, freedom, identity, believing in yourself and being who you want to be. As well as examining the concept of belief (be that religious or confidence in a better [and freer] tomorrow or borne of a commitment that the ideals and people we support will win out).

Believe! provides an opportunity for the City to showcase a different side to the Square Mile and to build on previous years’ programmes (Fantastic Feats: the building of London in 2019; Women: Work & Power in 2018; Londinium in 2017; and Shakespeare woz ‘Ere and Great Fire in 2016) by extending reach and driving footfall to the area through a three-month programme of inspiring, engaging and accessible free outdoor events. Like previous programmes, Believe! will include a variety of outdoor performances and events, on-street exhibitions, walks and tours, new music commissions, street theatre, circus and a large-scale spectacular. Through the programme we are inviting audiences to celebrate the positive impacts of migration, tolerance, freedom, democracy and belief. In response to these events and themes, the City Corporation invites artists to submit proposals for new or existing outdoor arts projects which relate to or celebrate the theme, to be presented in our outdoor spaces between June and September 2020 in the Square Mile.

Read the full artist call-out.

Download the application form.

01 November 2019
Last Modified:
01 November 2019