London,
13
October
2022
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17:33
Europe/Amsterdam

City Policy Chairman: Destination City is transformative moment

Speaking to the Court of Common Council today, City of London Corporation Policy Chairman Chris Hayward said its Destination City policy was “a transformative moment in which we write our story into the City’s history.”

Speaking ahead of the City Corporation’s The Golden Key spectacular free immersive theatre adventure this Saturday, he said the initiative was “the beginning of the journey to making the Square Mile more attractive…one that respects our past and is resolved to strengthen our future.”

He told elected Members that the scheme “invites people to come together in common discovery and celebration, creates new footfall and spend in our City, and meets the challenge of building tomorrow’s City today.”

The Golden Key will run from midday to sunset on Saturday, and feature over 30 independent theatre companies and 200 performers bringing London’s stories to life in an extravaganza of fun.

St Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard, the historic Guildhall Yard, and the London Wall High Walks will host street festivals, featuring giant puppets, circus performers, contemporary dancers, jugglers, storytellers, and interactive theatre.

And in a dramatic end to the event at sunset, there will be three ‘fire finales’ at each festival, with breathtaking performances, flaming beacons, and a thrilling fire garden.

The Golden Key, produced by BAFTA award-winning charity CONEY, is the first major event planned by the City Corporation under its Destination City programme.

Launched in May, the initiative will transform the Square Mile’s leisure offer, creating a leading destination for UK and international visitors, workers, and residents to enjoy.

ENDS

Notes to editors

ABOUT THE CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

ABOUT THE COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL

The elected Court of Common Council is the City of London Corporation’s highest decision making body.

ABOUT CHRIS HAYWARD

Throughout his career Chris Hayward has worked in the construction, aviation, infrastructure and global events management sectors. He is currently a Director at leading communications agency JBP, a Consultant at professional services consulting firm WSP in the UK and also of Keltbray Limited, and Director of Hayward Properties Limited.

He is a former Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire and Dorset County Councils. As Policy Chairman, he effectively operates as the political Leader of the City Corporation.

ENDS

Matthew Cooper
Square Mile Recovery Communications Officer
City of London Corporation
E: matthew.cooper@cityoflondon.gov.uk
M: 07734 232882