In August 2019 the Den was built for the first time in Stalybridge Civic Hall to host the first Local Exchange Festival.

Celebrating Imagination over two weeks, THE DEN @ STALYBRIDGE CIVIC HALL included 17 performances, 4 workshops, a stakeholder event and an artist mixer resulting in 910 attendances across the festival days.

The first performance in THE DEN was A TAMESIDE STORY. It brought together four individual projects, that included 48 residents of Tameside to create performances reflecting their communities. Our 13 Tameside Ambassadors hosted this very special opening event introducing speakers, performances and the first screening of a film that they created to celebrate Tameside.