Congratulations SMASHfestUK, winners of the THE Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community


With Middlesex University, in collaboration with The Refinery, SMASHfestUK was rolled out as a national festival and outreach programme after a successful pilot working with young people in Deptford.

The judges described SMASHfestUK as:

An inspiring example of collaboration between educational organisations and communities that began as a pilot in one deprived community but has become a national programme in just two years.

Immersive experiences have been used to encourage young people to engage with practical solutions to disaster scenarios, a truly innovative way of stimulating interest in STEM and arts subjects, as well as ecological issues, while also reaching out to the wider community.

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