The Golden Key Destination City event attracts 30,000+ visitors

The Golden Key tops City's immersive theatre day programme
credit Simon Jacobs

The Golden Key free immersive theatre event attracted more than 30,000 visitors on 15 October.

The event featured 30-plus independent theatre companies and 200 performers, and included street festivals, giant puppets, dancers, circus performers, jugglers, storytellers and interactive theatre at St Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard, Guildhall Yard, and the London Wall High Walks.

Afterwards, visitors were treated to three ‘fire finales’ with flaming beacons, performances and a fire garden.

The Golden Key was produced by CONEY, a BAFTA award-winning charity. It was the first major event in a series planned by the City Corporation as part of its Destination City programme.

Speaking to the Court of Common Council, City of London Corporation Policy Chairman, Chris Hayward, said that when the event took place, the Museum of London had its best day of the year with over 3,000 visitors, well exceeding its target of 1,750 people.

“The Golden Key was a fantastic first step along the road to recovery from the pandemic,“ he said.

And he told elected Members that “we must continue to ensure – as we have done throughout our history – that the path to prosperity runs through the City of London for all our businesses and residents.”

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