A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched to create a village hall in Shoreditch. The plan is to renovate a disused 1950’s Warehouse and turn it into a space that will serve the local community.
Kickstarter is a new form of community empowerment in the digital age. It began in 2009 as a website that provides the tools for funding creative projects.
It has since funded films, music, video games and culinary projects. In return for investment people are offered rewards for helping fund the project.
This particular project is aiming to raise enough money to build an events space that will comfortably hold 200 people.
The space will be somewhere children can come after school, artists can present their work, local meetings can take place and co-workers can meet and discuss issues. It will provide something for of every member local community.
With two weeks to go, they have raised around £12,000 of the £25,000 target.
Rewards for investment range from having your name placed on the “awesome wall” to a year’s free membership and the opportunity to organise your own event.
Shoreditch Works are the organisation behind the village hall project.
They aim to provide affordable work spaces in the heart of Shoreditch’s Tech City.
Tech City is based around a roundabout on Old Street and is a base for technology related industries in the United Kingdom. Companies such as Soundcloud and Tweetdeck are based there.
Ana Bradley from Shoreditch Works said “Shoreditch currently does not have an event space, a town hall that is accessible to the community. The Shoreditch village hall will provide a hub for the local community that will cater for both people working and living in the area, 20 % of events will be free.”
“The village hall will also offer people living in the area, especially the poorest boroughs, the opportunity to do apprenticeships and gain a foot up into tech city,” she added.