Munira Mirza from City Hall talks about the threats to culture in London

Dr Munira Mirza

Dr Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture for London, and the author of 'The Politics of Culture: The Case for Universalism' (2011) has done a podcast for the Spitalfields Festival website. It can be listened to here. 

Her argument is as follows:

- London has incredible cultural life

- It brings economic benefit, notably through attracting tourism

- It is not just big institutions but also small-scale and experimental

- 'Can't assume funding will be there'

- There is a need to safeguard culture against dangers, those dangers being:

1) Economic growth and high land values mean that artists are priced out of living in many areas of London

2) Regulation /licensing: there is a tendency by the boroughs to over-control.

3) Free expression can be under threat from nervousness in the face of actual and potential censorship.

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