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Statement of support from Sxip Shirey

Sxip Shirey image by Elliott Franks

Image courtesy of Elliott Franks  © all rights reserved

The Southbank Centre and their supporters frequently claim that it is a small group of skaters holding up plans that will benefit the wider Southbank Centre community. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Every day we spend on the petition table, hundreds of members of the Southbank Centre community, glossy programmes in hand, come to sign up. Sxip Shirey, Music Director for Limbo at the Southbank Centre has been an ardent supporter of Long Live Southbank for months, frequently showing us support on Twitter. Now, he has written this statement of support:

‘There are places in every city that the residents bemoan don’t exist anymore. Places that made the city unique and special. The story is always the same, they were razed to create more apartments or commercial space or a new building that is not as functional as the old. The people who destroyed them look like historical idiots. The question is always “Why did we let them take that away from our city?”  The Southbank skate spot is one of those places. 

When I went to London for the first time and then to South Bank, it was the skate spot that impressed me. The fact that the Royal National Theatre and the skate park were right next to each other said something great about this city. Great art evolves from the street first and this was a beautiful nod to just that.”

Sxip Shirey is a composer and producer from New York City, and Music Director for LIMBO at the Southbank Centre and in Syndey, Bogota, Paris and Brooklyn. www.SxipShirey.com