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Amy Lamé is London's first Night Czar

04 November 2016, 10:12 | Written by Laurence Day

New Jersey-born performer, writer, and presenter Amy Lamé has been confirmed as London's first-ever Night Czar.

Lamé's appointment was revealed this morning by the UK capital's mayor, Sadiq Khan, at the iconic 100 Club along Oxford Street.

Lamé, a naturalised British citizen and the former Mayoress of Camden (2010-11), has had an illustrious career in the UK - she co-founded the award-winning club night/arts company Duckie, which she's hosted weekly for over 20 years, and she also co-founded (and chairs) RVT Future, " a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern".

Lamé says of her new role: “I can’t wait to hit the streets and have loads of ideas of what I can do for revellers, night-time workers, businesses and stakeholders. For too long, the capital’s night-time industry has been under pressure - music venues and nightclubs in particular are closing at an alarming rate. With the advent of the Night Tube, and the Mayor’s commitment to protect iconic venues across the city, I’m confident that I can inspire a positive change in the way people think about the night time economy. I look forward to bringing together local authorities, the police, Transport for London and many other people from across the night time industries to transform London into a truly 24-hour city.”

Lamé is also a prolific club and radio DJ.

One of the new Czar's first initiatives is a series of regular 'Night Surgeries', which will see her engaging with local businesses, workers, residents and the general public.

Sadiq Khan adds of Lamé's appointment: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of London’s first-ever Night Czar. The recent closure of the world-famous nightclub Fabric and the threats facing other venues across the capital show why Amy will be a much-needed ambassador for the city after dark. Amy is a fantastic hire who will give a big boost to our city’s flourishing nightlife which already attracts millions of visitors each year. Her proven track-record of helping save venues, her first-hand experience of the industry over the last two decades as well as her love for London and its nightlife are what make her such a great candidate for the role. She is in an ideal position to work together with venues, authorities, developers and revellers enjoying a night out to solve difficult issues and get new and creative projects going.”

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