The leader of Brent Council said it would try and “make the very best” of what is left as its year as the borough of culture.

Cllr Muhammed Butt welcomed the announcement of an updated programme of events, which takes into account health guidance in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The council and its partners were forced to cancel a number of large-scale events in the borough due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This includes a planned street party in Kilburn High Road and a celebratory concert at Wembley Arena.

Two Kiln Theatre shows – The Wife of Willesden by Zadie Smith and the NW Trilogy – have been postponed until 2021.

Some events, such as the Harlesden Bass Weekender, will move online, while pieces by local artists will be displayed across the borough.

Cllr Butt said: “Now more than ever we are committed to making the very best of our year as London’s borough of culture. A year that will go down in all of our histories.

“We are excited to be continuing our programme of events this autumn, working closely with our community in Brent.

“We are disappointed that we are not able to proceed with some events that were planned for large-scale gatherings of the public, but the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved, artists and public, has to be our primary concern.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, praised organisers for their efforts in these “challenging times” and said the events that do go ahead will “continue to support and inspire the community”.