London Launches ‘Night Czar’ Help Wanted Campaign
New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced he’s looking to recruit a part time ‘Night Czar’ to help ‘shape London’s future as a 24-hour city’, via a ‘Help Wanted’ advert posted online this week.
Earning £35,000 per annum (€40,700) for 2.5 days a week, the successful candidate will ‘champion the value of London’s night time culture whilst developing and diversifying London’s night time economy’ the advert explains, “working closely with the Mayor, the Night Time Commission, local authorities, businesses, the Metropolitan Police Service, Transport For London and other agencies’.
“The Night Czar will have proven leadership ability, public profile and convening power,” it continues, “plus a thorough understanding of the night time economy and the ability to work in a political environment”. (Click here to apply )
The new role looks likely to replicate many of the activities of Amsterdam Night Mayor Mirik Milan, who chatting to Skrufff last year explained one of his key priorities was bringing together mainstream political scene and clubbing communities both of which he noted ‘are normally very closed and difficult to penetrate for outsiders’,
“Many clubbers are apathetic and indifferent about political issues relating to nightlife because it’s just not seen as being cool to care,” Mirik also pointed out, “But when the city starts closing down clubs, cancelling festivals or changing legislation that affects them then it soon becomes an issue.”
“Our power (as a night mayor) lies in being able to influence the mayor, city council and local politicians. They know a lot about a big variety of topics but mostly they have no clue about what’s important for the nightlife scene,” he continued.
“So we help them take the right decisions and not just act in response to scare stories reported in the media or by groups of people complaining at City Hall.” (Skrufff: http://bit.ly/2binGON
The London Night Czar application closing date is September 12 which may or may not leave time for the new Czar to try and save fabric, which this week issued a fresh statement warning that despite being ‘a central part of the night time economy and London’s music and creative industry’, nightclubs in London ‘are in real danger of extinction.”
They also stressed they’re doing everything possible to stay open themselves.
“We know there are always areas where we can improve, and, following the recent tragic deaths, we are undertaking a thorough review of the lessons we can learn,” fabric added.
“As part of this we are independently reviewing all of our procedures to ensure that we have the best possible processes in place to keep our customers safe,” they promised (fabric statement in full).