18 January 2020 — 18 January 2020


On Saturday 18 January we celebrated the launch of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture 2020 at RISE – a spectacular outdoor show featuring a community cast of hundreds hosted by Wembley Park as Principal Partner, free for all to attend.

The show brought together theatre, dance and music to tell the story of Brent through a mass-participatory performance choreographed by Southpaw Dance Company. A five storey-high stage against the backdrop of Brent’s iconic Wembley Stadium, on Wembley Park’s transformed Olympic Way, was illuminated by colourful projections and set to an incredible soundtrack of music and spoken word.

Brent is the UK’s most diverse borough – a borough of cultures. RISE tells the story of how this corner of North West London travelled from the margins to impact culture in Britain through its music, activism, and rebellious spirit.

Over 300 people have been recruited from schools, dance clubs, and community groups across Brent to take part in the performance, learning the choreography from professional dancers from the borough.

The show closed with an explosive live performance by Brent-born artist General Levy.




Saturday 18 January, 7pm



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Olympic Way, Wembley Park



RISE is the opening event of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture.

Free to attend and open to all.
The event is standing only.
Suitable for all ages.
RISE will take place come rain or shine, please dress for any weather scenario.

Date, times and location

  • Saturday 18 January 2020
  • Arrive by 7pm
  • Performance at 7.30pm for 45 minutes
  • RISE will take place in front of Wembley Stadium on Olympic Way, Wembley Park. Nearest tube station is Wembley Park (Jubilee and Metropolitan lines)

For live event updates, follow Brent 2020’s social channels: @LBOC2020

RISE will take place in front of Wembley Stadium on Olympic Way, Wembley Park. Nearest tube station is Wembley Park (Jubilee and Metropolitan lines).

Tube and rail

Wembley Park is served by three tube lines and an overground line.

  • The Jubilee line offers access to Bond Street in 19 minutes from Wembley Park station.
  • The Metropolitan line has fewer stops to reach Wembley Park station and many people swap onto it at Baker Street or Finchley Road. The journey time from Baker Street to Wembley Park station is 12 minutes.
  • The Bakerloo line is accessed from Wembley Central station, offering access to Paddington, Charing Cross and Waterloo.

The following buses connect Wembley Park, Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena with the local area of Wembley and further afield.

  • 223 Kenton & Harrow to Wembley
  • 245 Golders Green to North Wembley
  • 83 Ealing to Golders Green
  • 92 Ealing to Brent Park
  • 182 Harrow Weald to Brent Cross

For more information visit TFL Accessible Buses or please call London Buses customer services on 0845 300 7000.

Travelling by car
We are encouraging people to take the tube, bus, walk or cycle where possible. However, there are official Wembley Park car parks situated around the site and we recommend using these.

Whether you want a snack or a family meal before or after RISE, there’s something for everyone at Wembley Park – from global street food at Boxpark Wembley, via high-street favourites of London Designer Outlet to newcomers and independents such as Pasta Remoli and Bread Ahead. Visit Wembley Park’s website for more information: https://www.wembleypark.com/eat-and-drink/

"2020 will show London what Brent is all about, and RISE will be a bold and brilliant start to our year as London Borough of Culture - a spectacular celebration free for all. We want all of London to come and celebrate"

— Lois Stonock, Artistic Director of Brent 2020