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Jan 2020 — Dec 2020

Exploring the stories, art and emotions that hold life in Brent together.

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What is London Borough of Culture?

The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award brings Londoners together. A year-long celebration of culture in one of London’s boroughs, we bid for it in 2018, beating 22 others. The prize is money, time and support to put on a year of amazing art, performances and events in Brent, throughout 2020.

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Why Brent?

Because of the people who live here, who’ve grown here, who’ve come here from all across the world. Because of the amazing culture that those people make and do – the music, the poetry, the dancing, the food, the sounds and the sound clashes. Because people in the rest of London, and the country, don’t know it, yet. Don’t feel it, yet. But they will.

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Brent Stories

  • VENT Weekly Episode 1

    VENT - The first of the must-hear podcast series for 2020 is LIVE. VICE journalist Ruby Lott-Lavigna and Brent 2020 Seen and Heard Ambassador Yusriya Abdullatif discuss young people's access to public space. From 'No Ball Games' signs to music festivals, the episode explores who public space is really for, and who is excluded.

    08 January 2020

  • RISE: Brent 2020 Opening Event

    On Saturday 18 January, thousands of people gathered on Olympic Way in Wembley Park to celebrate the launch of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture 2020 at RISE - a spectacular, free outdoor show hosted by principal partner, Wembley Park.

    21 January 2020 / Wembley Park

  • The Battle - Launched!

    A competition for Brent-based music acts to win a chance to perform at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

    06 February 2020 / Wembley Park

  • Interview With Rose Rouse, 2020 Culture Fund Poet

    Rose Rouse is a journalist, poet and the author of ‘A London Safari, Walking Adventures in NW10’, one of the only non-fiction, recently-written books about life in Brent today. With support from Brent 2020 Culture Fund, Rose will be collaborating with eight poets from the borough to explore and reveal the less-well-known life of Willesden Junction Station.

    07 February 2020 / Willesden Green

  • Reggae Archive Launched at Jamaican High Commission

    On Wednesday 12 February, Bass Rewind showcased the newly created Brent 2020 Reggae Archive at the Jamaican High Commission in Kensington. In collaboration with the Jamaican High Commission and JAMPRO Trade and Investment, attendees also heard from both lovers rock legend Carroll Thompson and DJ / Producer Shy One, who spoke about their connection to reggae.

    13 February 2020

    Be part of it

    Put on your own event with the 2020 Culture Fund

    The fund will support arts and cultural activities including events, performances, workshops, exhibitions, talks, walks, installations, festivals, carnivals, screenings and participatory projects of all shapes and sizes and across all art forms.

    Get Involved

    Find out how you can get involved with Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture in 2020.