Shuffle Festival has been awarded the ‘London First Award for Cultural Excellence’. The prize, voted for by Time Out readers, was awarded to Danny Boyle and picked up by Shuffle organisers Kate MacTiernan and Lizzy Daish at a ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Shuffle was possible because hundreds of local people and Londoners came together and claimed St Clement's as a new public space for Mile End, on the site of the first ever Urban Community Land Trust. Danny Boyle was one of these residents and immediately saw the potential when he first visited the 1950's St Clement's Hospital Social Club building. He walked in, clapped his hands and said 'we could do something really cool in here!'. 4 months later we had 3 cinemas, 2 cafes, a gallery, movable gardens made out of the hospital trolleys and a collection of the wackiest residents the asylum had ever seen, all set for Shuffle festival. Danny Boyle was right. Shuffle inserts creativity, community, public ownership and affordability back into the heart of regeneration and as Danny says 'proves you do not have to be governed entirely by money to make a place work'.
Thank you to all who voted, supported and Shuffled! This award shows recognition of quality arts and regeneration in London, that has people and community at its heart.
We're very excited to announce plans for a St Clement's exhibition at the old hospital between 22nd - 27th February, as well as Shuffle Festival 2014 in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.
Stay tuned for more!