Last night we hosted our very first LLSB event in collaboration with X-Treme Video at their store By Walski in Shoreditch. It was an evening dedicated to raising awareness for the cause and provided the perfect opportunity to present two of Southbank’s emerging talents in film and photography. We wanted to invite people to become a part of the Southbank community and to find out why this unique place needs to be preserved.
We had the pleasure of showcasing photography from Southbank local Alec McLeish. Having skated the Undercroft for over 10 years Alec has a strong connection to both the space and its community, ‘everyone I know I met there’. Such a connection that when the Southbank Centre released the Festival Wing plans back in March Alec noticed a change in the mood at the Undercroft. It was no longer the safe place to go and skate and come together but instead there was a feeling that all of it could be lost. It was this tension that he wanted and has successfully captured.
Filmmaker and LLSB spokesman Henry Edwards-Word gave a few words before the premiere of his new film. Moving away from his classic skateboard edits he wanted to create a film that provided the truths to all of the Southbank Centres misinformation. But it not only set the record straight; the film also succinctly highlighted the cultural and historical significance of the Southbank. The film is due to be released in the coming weeks.
We would like to say a huge thank you to X-Treme and By Walski. It was a pleasure to collaborate with them and we could not of asked for a better venue. We would also like to thank everyone that came and showed their support. We can conclude that the evening was awesome and we think we achieved our aim of bringing a slice of the Southbank to Shoreditch.
Alec’s photography will be at the By Walski store until 18th October and available for purchase. For sales please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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