Brent Stories

Brent 2020 is all about the people of our borough - their stories and their histories, their loves and their lives. You can read, hear and watch what they have to say on these pages.

BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 16

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

15 September 2020

BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 15

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

21 August 2020


BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 14

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

10 August 2020

BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 13

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

7 August 2020


AN UPDATE ON THE BRENT 2020 PROGRAMME

Brent 2020 is today unveiling its programme of events for the rest of its year as London Borough of Culture.

7 August 2020

BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 12

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

30 July 2020


Brent Artist Network: How to Create Mass Participation Artworks

A roundtable discussion showcasing the process of mass participation artworks with a look back at LBOC's opening ceremony, RISE.

29 July 2020

BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 11

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

23 July 2020


Brent Artist Network: Workshop: Facilitators' Toolkit

An interactive workshop offering practical guidance to artist-facilitators on how to manage commonly faced challenges and foster resilience.

17 July 2020

BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 10

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

15 July 2020


POWER OF A SOUNDSYSTEM

An online conversation on UK Sound System culture and the legacy of Reggae-as-resistance.

13 July 2020

Documenting Black British History

A discussion on the importance of documenting Black British cultural heritage and the approach the No Bass Like Home project has taken to build a digital reggae archive with the community.

13 July 2020


BRENT ARTIST NETWORK: Black Cultural Leaders Discuss: Careers, Allyship, Accountability

This roundtable centres the voices of four Black cultural leaders who will discuss their career paths and accountability in the arts sector.

10 July 2020

ARTIST NETWORK: Black Cultural Leaders Discuss: Careers, Allyship, Accountability

This roundtable centres the voices of four Black cultural leaders who will discuss their career paths and accountability in the arts sector.

10 July 2020


BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 9

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

9 July 2020

BRENT ARTIST NETWORK: HOW TO DEMONSTRATE YOUR IMPACT TO FUNDERS AND PARTNERS

A practical guide to implementing monitoring & evaluation standards in cultural programmes. Offered by Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture

30 June 2020


BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 8

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

26 June 2020

BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 7

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

18 June 2020


Marking Windrush Day 2020

Find out how we're marking Windrush Day 2020.

18 June 2020

BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 6

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

10 June 2020


BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 5

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

4 June 2020

Volunteers' Week: Ayelen

During Volunteers’ Week, 1 - 7 June, we’d normally be able to thank all of our volunteers in person. However, because of the current crisis, we’re not able to see everyone so it’s even more important to let volunteers know how much we value them and to say Thank You. This week, we're highlighting a handful of those volunteers and sharing their experience of volunteering for Brent 2020.

4 June 2020


Metroland Cultures Fund Artists Announced

Metroland Cultures announces the artists to be supported by the Metroland Cultures Fund.

3 June 2020

Brent 2020 #BlackLivesMatter Statement

Brent 2020's statement on Black Lives Matter.

3 June 2020


Volunteers' Week: Alejandra

During Volunteers’ Week, 1 - 7 June, we’d normally be able to thank all of our volunteers in person. However, because of the current crisis, we’re not able to see everyone so it’s even more important to let volunteers know how much we value them and to say Thank You. This week, we're highlighting a handful of those volunteers and sharing their experience of volunteering for Brent 2020.

3 June 2020

Volunteers' Week: Nicoletta

During Volunteers’ Week, 1 - 7 June, we’d normally be able to thank all of our volunteers in person. However, because of the current crisis, we’re not able to see everyone so it’s even more important to let volunteers know how much we value them and to say Thank You. This week, we're highlighting a handful of those volunteers and sharing their experience of volunteering for Brent 2020.

2 June 2020


Volunteers' Week: Pamela

During Volunteers’ Week, 1 - 7 June, we’d normally be able to thank all of our volunteers in person. However, because of the current crisis, we’re not able to see everyone so it’s even more important to let volunteers know how much we value them and to say Thank You. This week, we're highlighting a handful of those volunteers and sharing their experience of volunteering for Brent 2020.

2 June 2020

Volunteers' Week: Richard and Arushka, Brent 2020 Volunteer Team

During Volunteers’ Week, 1 - 7 June, we’d normally be able to thank all of our volunteers in person. However, because of the current crisis, we’re not able to see everyone so it’s even more important te let volunteers know how much we value them and to say Thank You.

2 June 2020


VENT Documentaries: Episode 6

VICE Documentaries Episode 6: Outnumbered by White People

2 June 2020

Brent 2020’s Volunteer Programme Has Launched

We are now recruiting our very first cohort of volunteers.

1 June 2020


BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 4

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

29 May 2020

Seen and Heard Petition Launched

Members of the Blueprint Collective announce a campaign asking for better public spaces for young people in London, and for young people to have an active role in their design.

27 May 2020


Brent Artist Network: Nothing About Us Without Us: Co-creation with Young People

A roundtable discussion addressing co-creation with young people and how to get started in creating and delivering work with young people.

26 May 2020

VENT Documentaries: Episode 5

VICE Documentaries Episode 5: KAMIAH & DRE

22 May 2020


BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 3

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

21 May 2020

VENT Documentaries: Episode 4

VICE Documentaries Episode 4: WTF NHS?

18 May 2020


BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 2

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

15 May 2020

BRENT ARTIST NETWORK: Building grassroots arts communities with Word Up

A roundtable discussion with the leaders of Word Up, discussing how to build and sustain grassroots arts.

13 May 2020


VENT Covid-19 Fact Checkers: Episode 2

A new mini-series, demystifying and interrogating the latest coronavirus conspiracies.

12 May 2020

VENT Documentaries: Episode 3

VICE Documentaries Episode 3: Why Does Everyone Call Me Carlos?

11 May 2020


BRENT LOCKED IN: Episode 1

How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?

7 May 2020

Brent Artist Network: How To Plan And Run Virtual Events

Brent Artist Network's next event, a roundtable discussion with Brent-based artists and creatives sharing their experience and best tips for delivering events online.

7 May 2020


VENT Documentaries: Episode 2

VICE Documentaries Episode 2: Schools Out, What Now.

4 May 2020

Brent Artist Network: First Event

Brent Artist Network's first event, a hands-on workshop to design and deliver accessible arts events.

1 May 2020


VENT Documentaries: Episode 1

Across four series, young people from Brent bring you documentaries about politics, identity, love, relationships, culture, crime and justice. For our first series, we're talking about identity.

27 April 2020

VENT Covid-19 Fact Checkers: Episode 1

A new mini-series, demystifying and interrogating the latest coronavirus conspiracies.

22 April 2020


METROLAND CULTURES LAUNCHES NEW FUND TO SUPPORT BRENT ARTISTS

Today Metroland Cultures announces a brand new £25,000 fund to provide financial support to Brent artists and creatives during the COVID-19 crisis.

15 April 2020

Brent 2020 Unlocked

Our response to the new challenges faced by artists and the wider creative sector.

14 April 2020


The Borough of Disco

Brent is the borough of Reggae, however thanks principally to Kwaku’s research we now know that between 1974-85 it was also The Borough of DISCO.

7 April 2020

HOME is WHERE the art is

Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund, LEAP Intergenerational Arts led a series of creative workshops that saw primary schools and day-care centres in Brent work together with artists to produce creative exhibitions, recordings and live performances.

2 April 2020


The Borough of Rave

Brent, as we know, is the borough of Reggae, but thanks principally to Kwaku’s research, we now know that between 1988 - 1993 it was also The Borough of Rave.

25 March 2020

Listening to Brent II

15 tracks from the Listening to Brent playlist

19 March 2020


COVID-19: A Message from Brent 2020 Artistic Director Lois Stonock

Today we are announcing some changes to the timetable of the programme for Brent 2020 in the light of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

19 March 2020

Interview With Helen Delany of Electronic Sheep, 2020 Culture Fund Designer

Electronic Sheep are designers Helen Delany and Brenda Aherne – they specialise in graphic knitwear and illustration. Helen spoke to us about their Culture Fund supported tapestry, which will tell a new story about the influence of Irish people living on and around Kilburn.

9 March 2020


This is the borough of... Joshua

Meet the Blueprint Collective.

4 March 2020

BRENT 2020 AND KILN THEATRE ANNOUNCE PRODUCTIONS FOR 2020

Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture, and Kiln Theatre today announces the world premiere of Zadie Smith’s debut play, The Wife of Willesden, adapted from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath, and NW Trilogy, three short plays by Moira Buffini, Suhayla El-Bushra and Roy Williams – proudly part of 2020.

4 March 2020


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

Interview With Tamsin Nathan of To The T, 2020 Culture Fund Designer

To The T is a design company with a social conscience, founded by Tamsin Nathan. Using a variety of creative mediums with a focus on costumes, styling and art direction To The T brings real issues to life using film theatre and photography to present the work. To the T’s latest project, a short-film called T.O.Y. (The Other Youth), is supported by the Brent 2020 Culture Fund and looks at the circumstances that turn children to violence.

12 February 2020


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.

7 February 2020

Culture Capital Competition - Launched!

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

6 February 2020


This is the borough of... Amanda

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

27 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


RISE Behind-The-Dance: Kashmira Sunni

We caught up with Kashima Sunni, Brent born entrepreneur and dancer in RISE.

10 January 2020

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.

8 January 2020


RISE Behind-The-Dance: Anton Peris

RISE is the opening event for Brent's year as the London Borough of Culture 2020. It is an outdoor spectacular telling the story of Brent through dance, film and an amazing soundtrack with a community cast of hundreds. We caught up with Anton Paris, Brent born entrepreneur and dancer in RISE...

7 January 2020

RISE Behind-The-Dance: Robby Graham, Choreographer

RISE is the opening event for Brent's year as the London Borough of Culture 2020. It is an outdoor spectacular telling the story of Brent through dance, film and an amazing soundtrack with a community cast of hundreds. We caught up with Robby Graham, the director and Choreographer of RISE...

6 January 2020


Interview With Jude Wacks, 2020 Culture Fund Artist

Jude Wacks is a photographer from Willesden Green. This year she was awarded funding from the Brent 2020 Culture Fund to document shops in the borough that have been passed from one generation to another. In a borough which is always changing, these shops are one of the few things that doesn’t.

4 January 2020

To The Borough That Raised Me

To the borough that raised me, Yours sincerely, Savannah Mullings-Johnson

23 December 2019


RISE Behind-The-Dance: Community

Over the past two months, hundreds of Brent residents have been attending weekly dance rehearsals at venues across the borough for the forthcoming opening event of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture. We’re taking you behind the scenes, to join exceptional community and dance-markers as they create and rehearse for RISE.

20 December 2019

Interview With Roy Mehta, 2020 Culture Fund Artist

Roy Mehta is a photographer who grew up in Kenton. With support from the Brent 2020 Culture Fund, he is revisiting his project, documenting life in Harlesden, with students from the College of North West London.

20 December 2019


Different Is Normal

For Rajiv Chabria, a 2020 Community Advisor, the universal experience in Brent is that you can be yourself, no matter who you are. In Brent people are appreciated, not just accepted.

17 December 2019

What Brent Looks Like From Coventry

It normally takes leaving to work out what you like about the place you left behind. For the last year Boaz Adelekan, a member of the Blueprint Collective, has been a student at the University of Warwick near Coventry. If you think someone from Brent might feel alienated in Coventry think again...

17 December 2019


2020 Culture Fund Launches Round Three

The third and final round of the 2020 Culture Fund is now open! Application deadline: Tuesday 4 February 2020

1 December 2019

2020 Culture Fund: Round Three Announcement

The third round of projects to be supported by the 2020 Culture Fund have been announced.

1 December 2019


2020 Culture Fund: Round Two Announcement

The second round of successful 2020 Culture Fund projects have been announced!

25 November 2019

This is the borough of... Maryam

Meet the Blueprint Collective

25 November 2019


This is the borough of... Lauren

Meet the Blueprint Collective

18 November 2019

Brent to host 25th anniversary of the MOBO Awards

MOBO Awards: 25th anniversary ceremony to be hosted in Brent

11 November 2019


New charter for urban development created by Brent’s young people

A campaign led by young people with the London School of Economics

11 November 2019

Reggae Pioneers to Perform in Harlesden

Celebrating Brent’s contribution to music

11 November 2019


Internationally-acclaimed local author Zadie Smith to write new work for Brent 2020

A Chaucer-inspired new story from Zadie Smith - The Wife of Willesden - is to debut as part of Brent 2020

11 November 2019

Brent 2020 Programme Unveiled!

Brent 2020 programme details announced at Kiln Theatre launch

7 November 2019


This is the borough of... Seneca

Meet the Brent 2020 Volunteers

27 October 2019

This is the borough of... Hifzah

Meet the Blueprint Collective

27 October 2019


This is the borough of... Marianna

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

7 October 2019

This is the borough of... Dionne

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

7 October 2019


This is the borough of... Rajiv

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

7 October 2019

This is the borough of... Annika

Meet the Brent 2020 Volunteers

7 October 2019


This is the borough of... Komaxi

Meet the Blueprint Collective

2 October 2019

Brent needs you! Full volunteer programme launches

It’s the people of Brent that will make our programme. So get up, stand up, as Bob Marley would say, and join our pioneering volunteering team!

25 September 2019


This is the borough of... Asif

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

25 September 2019

This is the borough of... Dhiyandra

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

31 August 2019


Volunteer Training and Skill Sharing Sessions Now Underway

The Brent 2020 Volunteer programme has launched!

29 August 2019

The Blueprint Collective Get Creative

Mindspray hosts a creative storytelling workshop for Brent's young people

29 August 2019


This is the borough of... Khadija

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

28 August 2019

This is the borough of... Mehaira

Meet the Blueprint Collective

27 August 2019


This is the borough of... Savannah

Meet the Blueprint Collective

21 August 2019

2020 Culture Fund: Round One Announcement

The Brent 2020 team have announced the first projects to be supported by the 2020 Culture Fund

20 August 2019


This is the borough of... Boaz

Meet the Blueprint Collective

16 August 2019

This is the borough of... Vishal

Meet the Blueprint Collective

14 August 2019


This is the borough of... Saira

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

14 August 2019

This is the borough of... Andrea

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

9 August 2019


Do you love Reggae?

Have you danced the night away at a concert, spent hours flicking through records in Hawkeye or Starlight Records or have your favourite Spotify reggae playlist?

7 August 2019

This is the borough of... Benedicta

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

6 August 2019


This is the borough of... Jessica

Meet the Blueprint Collective

6 August 2019

This is the borough of... Anton

Meet the Brent 2020 Community Advisors

1 August 2019


This is the borough of… Aleena

Meet the Blueprint Collective

29 July 2019

Brent in Context

Eight things everyone needs to know about this borough

8 July 2019


Listening to Brent

14 tracks from the Listening to Brent playlist

8 July 2019

Brent in Context

Eight things everyone needs to know about this borough

8 July 2019


2020 Culture Fund Launches Round Two

The second round of the 2020 Culture Fund is now open!

4 July 2019

This is the borough of... Xhes

Meet the Blueprint Collective

4 July 2019


2020 Culture Fund Launches Round Two

The second round of the 2020 Culture Fund is now open!

13 June 2019

Brent 2020’s Volunteer Programme Has Launched

We are now recruiting our very first cohort of volunteers

1 June 2019