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The arts and culture are major forces behind London's status as a world-class, vibrant and diverse city. London remains home to some of the world’s best known art and cultural organisations that enhance its reputation on an international stage. This is complemented by a broad range of small and independent organisations that work internationally, nationally, regionally and locally to provide great art and culture for everyone.

The London region covers the City of London, all 12 Inner London boroughs and 20 Outer London boroughs. London is home to 244 National Portfolio Organisations and two Major Partner Museums and includes one Bridge organisation and four National Youth Music Orchestras. Total investment in these programmes for 2015–18 stands at more than £450 million. We also invest in artists and art organisations in London through Grants for the Arts, our open access funding programme for art activities.

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Synchronised, Balbir Singh Dance Company, Photo © Maya De Almeida Araujo.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 2. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 3. Roll Over Beethoven at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Photo © Mark Sepple / Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. 4. ChristianScott at RichMix, EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 © EmileHolba 5. Mark Wallinger's 'Self Reflection' at London's Freud Museum © Alex Delfanne 6. School workshops: London 1666 by David Best with Artichoke. Photo © Hugh Myddelton 7. Notting Hill Carnival 2014 © Steve Shaw 8. Notting Hill Carnival. Photo © Tara Hobson Carnival Village Trust 9. Strictly Cycling by The Bicycle Ballet Co, part of the consortia led by The Bureau of Silly Ideas. Raysto Images 10. Carl Au in Bright Phoenix by Jeff Young at Liverpool Everyman. Photo © Jonathan Keenan for Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. 11. Sampad South Asian Arts perform at the Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 12. Hofesh Schecter rehearsal at UDance. Photo © Brian Slater. 13. Mechanical Spider at Arcadia Bristol. Photo © Paul Box / Arcadia Bristol. 14. Dot, Squiggle and Rest at Polka Theatre with Royal Opera House. Photo © Robert Workman / Polka Theatre.