Brent Council is urging people to get involved with its London Borough of Culture 2020 campaign and help shape the programme for the year.

It is hosting drop-in sessions, so residents can receive information and voice their ideas about how the region can celebrate its culture.

Brent was awarded the title in February and will receive a £1.35 million fund to stage a year long programme of events and activities.

Carolyn Downs, chief executive at Brent Council, said: “We're so excited to be London Borough of Culture and would like to see as many Brent residents as possible involved in shaping the vision for 2020.

“We'd love to hear ideas and suggestions of what people want to see happening, how they can help us make it a fantastic year of creativity in the borough and how we can create a lasting legacy beyond 2020.

“We're also keen to find out about any hidden cultural gems within the borough that we might not be aware of.

“We'll be sharing more details about what went into the bid and what we want to deliver through the programme, and we'll be discussing some of the ways that people can be involved.

“Everyone is welcome, and we want to hear from as many people as possible.”

Brent saw off competition from 21 other boroughs to take the 2020 crown, with the accolade announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

He noted the borough’s cultural contributions to music and theatre, as well as the fact that Wembley Stadium will host the final of the 2020 European Championships.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: “Becoming London Borough of Culture represents an amazing opportunity to celebrate the huge diversity of Brent and of our great city to a massive international audience.

“To live, work, visit or study in Brent is to hear music, experience art, hear voices, see faces and taste foods from all corners of the globe, all in one day.

“From the classroom, to the high roads and the arenas, we want to create moments of wonder, joy and celebration that will bring all our communities together like never before.

“Young people will take the lead in developing the programme as 2020 sees arts and culture cemented at the heart of life in Brent for a generation and beyond.

“A huge thank you to everyone who came together and worked on our bid; to all our cultural partners, and all the thousands of local residents who took such pride in Brent.”

Drop in sessions will be held at Wembley Library on April 25 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and at the Library in Willesden Green on May 12 from 1pm to 3pm.