Cardboard Citz performs at LandAid gala

Posted on: 02 March 2017

Written by: Charlie Marshall

Last night a group of young Cardboard Citizens performers brought the house down with an incredible performance commissioned for LandAid’s 30th anniversary gala dinner.

Cardboard Citizens perform at the LandAid GalaLandAid is the property industry charity that has set itself the mission to end youth homelessness by 2026. Last night’s gala, which was attended by guests including HRH The Duke of Cambridge, aka Prince William, raised more than £250,000 towards its youth homelessness projects.

Earlier this year we employed a group of ten young artists, all of whom have experience of homelessness, to work with Cardboard Citizens to create a new music-led play for the event.

The result was an uplifting and inspirational performance sharing the experiences of Shelley, an everywoman who through the course of the piece negotiates different aspects of homelessness and explores what it means to have a home.

Our performers were joined on stage by The Choir with No Name, a 60-strong community of singers brought together through shared experiences of homelessness.

Last night’s gala also marked the launch of LandAid’s new capital appeal to help create a state-of-the-art 146-bedroom building near Old Street. Half of the money raised on the night will go toward the charity’s target of £1.5million for this initiative that will provide much-needed accommodation for London’s young people.

The building, which is owned and run by City YMCA London, is due to open in autumn 2018, and will offer a safe place to live for 146 young people as well as advice on housing, education, training and well-being.

Dean, a former resident of the Errol Street hostel, spoke on stage at the gala about his experiences of homelessness, saying “I have felt the pain and damage homelessness can do to a person so I know the impact your generosity will have on people without a home. It is essential that every human has accommodation. It is a right, not a luxury. LandAid – by funding projects to help young homeless people around the county – is helping to make this a reality.”

Check out photos of our performance in the gallery below.


With thanks to

Arts Council England Lottery funded