The Greater London Authority (GLA) cut its contribution to the London Festival of Architecture by 20 per cent, newly released official documents have revealed
However event organisers have insisted that Mayor of London Boris Johnson was still committed to the annual festival and that its 2015 support was a ‘blip’.
The authority supported the festival to the tune of £25,000 in both 2013 and 2014, but just-published documents reveal that its grant dropped to £20,000 this year – the same level as in 2012.
It said: ‘This demonstrates the growing strength of the festival, its ability to better leverage private sponsorship and deliver an expanded programme with less reliance on the GLA. This represents greater value for money in activity this year.’
Festival chair Patricia Brown said she believed the funding cut had been in response with particular constraints placed on the GLA’s regeneration budget for 2015-16.
‘We’ve been reassured that this does not set a precedent for future years,’ she said.
‘We’re in the process of talking to them about a three-year funding settlement, which we hope could lead to greater commercial investment in the festival.
‘We’re also trying to widen out where the festival sits in the GLA family. Recently, we’ve been funded out of the GLA’s regeneration budget, but if our support came out of different funding pots, that would be our ideal scenario.’
Brown said that in addition to financial support for the festival, the GLA had also provided officer time to event organisers.