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Arcola Theatre Nominated for National Award
Arcola Theatre, a small charity based in Hackney, London, has been nominated for a major national prize at The Charity Awards 2008, the UK charity sector's most prestigious award scheme.
Chosen from a long list of entries, the theatre, which provides high calibre, affordable, accessible theatre and aims to become the world's first sustainable arts venue, has been shortlisted in the Animals and the environment category. It is hoping to pick up the coveted award at a star-studded awards ceremony in London on 19 June hosted by Marcus Brigstocke and attended by celebrities including Claudia Winkleman, Prunella Scales, Terry Waite, the Rt Hon David Blunkett and Lauren Laverne.
The annual Charity Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Charities Aid Foundation and The Times, is the most high-profile event in the charity world calendar. Now in their ninth year, the awards recognise excellence in the management of charities, acknowledging the outstanding work and achievements of all charities, big or small, from across the UK and the tireless commitment of the people behind them. The charities, which submit their own entries, are each shortlisted for specific initiatives which have improved the delivery of their charitable objectives and which demonstrate an outstanding example of innovation and best practice from which other charities can learn.
The Charity Award judges recognised Arcola Theatre for its Arcola Energy project, an initiative aimed at making the Arcola Theatre the world's first carbon neutral theatre with the installation of state-of-the-art energy saving technologies throughout the building and the creation of the Arcola Energy Incubator. This will be a centre for new energy technology where artistic, entrepreneurial and technological creativity is brought together to develop initiatives to tackle climate change. If it wins its category the charity will then be in the running to pick up the Overall award for excellence in charity management - a prestigious award given to the best of the category winners, won last year by Storybook Dads.
The Charity Awards 2008 is organised by Charity Finance, the leading business publication for the voluntary sector. The distinguished panel of judges includes John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, Maeve Sherlock OBE, former chief executive of the Refugee Council, Ian Allsop, editor of Charity Finance, Dame Jo Williams, chief executive of Mencap, David Harker, chief executive of Citizens Advice, and Bharat Mehta OBE, chief executive of the City Parochial Foundation.
30th May 2008
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