Creative industries key to London's economic future, claims Mayor
Major of London Boris Johnson has hailed the work of the capital's creative industries, claiming they play a critical role in the prosperity of the city, creating jobs and attracting investment.
It has been a landmark year for creative talent in the city, with the summer Olympics showcasing the world-class artists and creative talent to a global audience.
London's creative sector, which brings in around £20 billion and employs 386,000 people, has been out in force again this autumn, hosting London Fashion Week, the London Design Festival and the BFI London Film Festival.
The Major claims 2012 is a major year for creative talent in the capital and has therefore invested over £2.3 million in a range of institutions and festivals including the British Fashion Council, Film London and the London Design Festival, in a bid to attract inward investment.
City Hall is also hosting an exhibition as part of the London Games Festival later this month.
"This year has been an annus mirabilis for London and our creative industries have had a key role to play in that success," said Mr Johnson.
"When people think of London, invariably it is about the breadth and depth of our city's unrivalled creativity. From the gowns and the glamour of fashion, to cutting edge design and some of the brightest and best people working in film, London is home to astonishingly talented people."
He stated that such talent also helps to underline the capital's reputation as an exciting and desirable place to visit and do business in, adding: "This is a sector which has a critical role to play in our city's economic success and I will do everything I can as Mayor to ensure the conditions are in place to enable it to thrive."
The success of events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London now looks set to influence other major cultural and sporting events in the coming years.
For instance, Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games is likely to take on board aspects of London 2012 which worked effectively.
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