SHUFFLE joins people together to create the kind of cities they want to live in. As an organisation, Shuffle works to build a more integrated community presence in the built and natural environment.
SHUFFLE FESTIVAL is an annual event in Mile End. The festival exhibits creativity through film, science, performance, architectural installations, walks, food, and music. We run on a small budget and use local talent and attract a majority local audience (over 70% with an E3 postcode). We have done this now for four years in the area, initially at the former workhouse and psychiatric hospital, St Clement’s, owned by the GLA, and at London’s most urban woodland, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (THCP) for the last three years, managed by London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
SHUFFLE is primarily a grassroots, not-for-profit organisation that evolved from local activism at the St Clements site and has taken root as an important part of cultural life and community cohesion in Mile End. It is a small to medium sized community festival started and run by a small dedicated team led by Kate MacTiernan (Ma Architecture + built Environment) and Lizzy Daish (BA Geography, MSc Urban Studies), and supported by film director and Mile End resident of 35 years, Danny Boyle. The festival breaks-even, if in the future there is a profit, it shall be reinvested back into neighbourhood projects.
Shuffle Regeneration is the redevelopment arm of Shuffle. Our long-term aim is to create diverse and creative public places that are real community assets. We favour community partnerships over the current dominant culture of private development, concerned only with the highest returns for the shareholders of large companies. To us, 'growth' is measured in the quality of places being built and the social impacts, rather than short-term profits.