THROUGHOUT the past month, visitors to the City's
This eye-catching venue has played host to a huge range of world class music - from cabaret to ballet to a performance by the Electric Swing Circus - during the course of the City of London Festival. The bowler hat has helped to increase the visibility of the City's cultural milieu. But now that it heads on its way into history, we should continue to celebrate this aspect of life in the Square Mile.
Too often, the City is associated only with the financial and professional services community.
And while the Square Mile will always be first and foremost a business centre, no business centre is complete, or "liveable", without a cultural offering. It would be a shallow view of the City that ignores its rich cultural heritage and institutions: the
For the City does not exist in a vacuum; just as we have financial, professional and legal ties with all the world's major cities, so do we have cultural ties. And these two things go hand in hand: one of the highlights of the City of London Festival this year was a programme of events called "
This also applies closer to home. When I visited
The City of London Festival will be back next year with an entirely new programme of cultural treasures, and with new cultural links across the globe. Between now and then, City residents and workers should be on the lookout for the many cultural opportunities to enrich their lives on a daily basis both in the
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