FutureEverything, the sonic arts festival which took dubstep, electronica and right-on indie bands (above) to Manchester’s Urbis as part of Culture24's Museums at Night last year, has won the annual £10,000 Lever Prize.
The cultural group was presented with the award on the same floorboards it shook at the gallery last May. Run by the North West Business Leadership Team, the Lever brings with it the commercial clout of a clutch of leading companies in the region.
Drew Hemment of FutureEverything with Paul Lee from Addleshaw Goddard. Picture: Active Profile Ltd
"2010 is a crucial year for our organisation," said FutureEverything Director Drew Hemment, discussing the expansion organisers are planning in a year when they will branch out to run events across the UK and Europe in addition to the Manchester campaign. They had previously been known as FutureSonic.
"After 15 years championing cutting edge digital art and culture, this is the year that our international festival is reborn with a new name that captures vision and ambition.
"We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this prestigious prize and this is a fantastic opportunity to work with key major businesses in the North-West."
Hemment also revealed that the cash prize will be used for a new competition, the FutureEverything Award, celebrating the best creative projects which offer "a new and unique way to experience or see the world".
Geoffrey Piper, chief executive of the NWBLT, called FutureEverything "outstanding" and "a very worthy successor" to previous winners including Tate Liverpool and the Manchester International Festival.
"The Lever Prize judges were unanimous in selecting FutureEverything," he declared.
"We look forward to working together to help raise the profile of the Festival and assist the Future Everything team to further its aims in 2010. It promises to be a very exciting and significant year."
Two other Mancunian competitors – the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Noise Festival – joined the Liverpool-based Everyman and Playhouse in receiving runner-up certificates.
Visit FutureEverything's website to find out about their plans for 2010.
For more details or to enter the FutureEverything Award 2010, visit the competition page.