Arts festival to launch in 2023 to help raise £150m for London charities

A cultural and entertainment festival is to launch in London to raise money for good causes.

The inaugural London Festival will take place in the summer of 2023 over two weeks. It will involve live music from established artists and local acts, with a line up chosen though public votes. It also aims to showcase “cultural events, historic wonders and feel good entertainment”, according to organisers.

A number of London landmarks will be integrated into the event.

The event is being staged by a newly created charity Empower London Foundation that has been set up to provide funding to established charities in the capital that run educational and public awareness programmes and support entrepreneurs.

“All profits from the event will be shared between partner charities to support underprivileged communities and individuals,” said the Foundation.

“The wide range of benefitting schemes is set to include free books and tutoring for children, after school music and drama programmes to nurture the arts and culture in the capital.”

It aims to raise £150m for charity over a 10-year period.

“As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, funding for many services that Londoners rely on has been cut or significantly reduced,” said Empower London trustee Kerianne Darcy.

“We recognise that it is now more important than ever before to support the charities that help to educate and empower the people and communities across the city most in need.

“At its heart, Empower London Foundation seeks to break down barriers, champion inclusivity and help London residents realise their dreams. We are incredibly excited to launch and are committed to promoting positivity after what has been a dark period of worry and anxiety for many residents in the capital.”

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