London, the capital of the United Kingdom, is renowned for its vibrant culture. From classical music and opera to popular music and festivals, London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. It is also one of the world's main business centers, known for its technological preparedness and economic influence. The traditional culture of London is a reflection of the city's diverse population.
Britons are known for their classy and tasteful tastes in food, clothing, music, and movies. However, there are also instances of vigilantism in certain areas. This is especially true in street gangs, less organized groups of men called boys, and soccer vandals. The culture of London has been shaped by centuries of conflict between Anglo-Saxon and Norman cultures.
This has resulted in a culture that is private yet diverse. In the South, mainly represented by the South East, South West, East Anglia and the Midlands regions, you will find the country's most economically dynamic sectors. This includes the city (the main financial center of the United Kingdom) and the headquarters of the national government, both in London. Organizations such as the National Disability Arts Forum are funded by the Arts Council of England to improve access to arts and artistic training for disabled people. The Arts Council also promotes cultural diversity.
England is also a culture of many smaller regionalisms, which are still centered on the former governmental unit of the county and on local towns and cities. In recent years, popular culture has allowed English immigrants to publicly vindicate their English identity. This is especially true in the North where deindustrialization has caused severe economic difficulties and cultural balkanization. Between 1984 and 1996, there was an overall increase of 47 percent in non-white people living in England, Scotland and Wales. Bilingualism and multilingualism play a minimal role in England except in certain urban communities. The police are in charge of forty-one locally organized police forces, in addition to the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police. The increasing participation of women in political life and their progress in religious functions in society has been an indication of social change.
The number of women parliamentarians increased significantly in the 1990s and the Church of England agreed to ordain women priests in 1994. London is home to many dance companies such as Rambert, Richard Alston Dance Company, Candoco and Siobhan Davies Dance. Choreographers such as Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor, Lloyd Newson and Hofesh Shechter also have their companies in the capital. London also has a strong rap scene; rappers such as Wiley and Dizzee Rascal have helped London gain recognition as having one of the strongest rap scenes outside the United States.