Summer can be a time for celebration, for coming together and even (occasionally) enjoying the weather. That’s certainly been the case in South London, as Croydon London Borough kick started a summer of festivals, with events ranging from Pride and Mela to Croydon Carnival taking place across the buzzing borough. But the Culture team have been working to highlight more serious issues, and mark important anniversaries.

 Our work with Acme Studios this month has highlighted the precarious present and future that faces artists in the capital. The story has caught the media’s attention, and crucially is already having an impact in focusing minds on how to address the issue. We also continued out work with the Polish Cultural Institute to unveil a new sculpture marking an important figure in Anglo-Polish relations. Looking ahead, we also announced this year’s judges for the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the winner of which will be announced this autumn, while our colleagues in the Gulf launched and exciting new collaboration between Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and Dolce & Gabbana. And finally, we introduce our colleague Titilope Ogunnaike, who some of you may remember from her time on the culture team, to hear about the work she’s leading across the company helping clients grow campaigns that spotlight identity and culture.

Read July's full issue here