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02 February 2020 - 26 July 2020

ERNEST TROBRIDGE - KINGSBURY’S EXTRAORDINARY ARCHITECT

Ernest Trobridge built his first estate of thatched timber cottages in Kingsbury 100 years ago. By the 1930s, he was designing flats that looked like castles. This exhibition introduces his remarkable work and the ideas behind it.

Free

12 February 2020 - 13 May 2020

20:20 STORIES OF MOVING LINEAGE

20:20 is an exciting new multimedia arts and heritage project which casts a lens over the personal memories of Brent based refugee families who arrived in the UK from 1999 onwards and were supported by Salusbury World Refugee Centre.

Free

02 March 2020 - 01 June 2020

BRENT'S BARISTAS UNDER BREXIT

The October Anthropologist will conduct research into the lives of southern and eastern European immigrants from Brent who work as baristas in London cafés. The research findings will be analysed and interpreted by local artists and exhibited in Willesden Green.

Free

29 March 2020 - 29 March 2020

AQ ARTS YOUTH COMPANY - OPEN AUDITIONS

AQ Arts Youth company is an eclectic performance company with a blast of the traditional and urban in true Brent style. Lead by Andrea Queens and guest artist, the company will be made of talented singers, dancers and performance poets from ages 14 to 25. Our debut piece will be performed at the Kilburn High Street party in July.

Free

31 March 2020 - 31 March 2020

TALK: KENSAL GREEN TO KENSAL RISE

Talk by The Museum of All Brent Life artist, John Rogers, at Kensal Rise Library about transformation of a small country village into a busy London suburb.

Free

04 April 2020 - 05 September 2020

ST MICHAELS AND ALL ANGELS STEEL ORCHESTRA - STONEBRIDGE PERFORMANCES

Come and watch a group of talented young steel pan players from St Michaels and All Angels steel orchestra performing an eclectic mix of classical, soca, reggae and pop music – all the best tunes from Mozart to Stevie Wonder!

Free

04 April 2020 - 04 April 2020

OTHER CINEMAS: TOMISIN ADEPEJU

A showcase of emerging filmmaker, Tomisin Adepeju, short films and discussion of his journey.

18 April 2020 - 25 April 2020

QUEER EAST FILM FESTIVAL

Queer East Film Festival brings the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with a fortnight of screenings and events this April. Find out what it means to be Asian and queer today from the unheard voices of storytellers, activists, academics, and those who dare to challenge social norms, history, and the law in Asia.

18 April 2020 - 18 April 2020

QUEER EAST: TRACEY

Queer East Film Festival brings the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with a fortnight of screenings and events this April. Find out what it means to be Asian and queer today from the unheard voices of storytellers, activists, academics, and those who dare to challenge social norms, history, and the law in Asia.

19 April 2020 - 19 April 2020

QUEER EAST: THE SHEPHERDS

Queer East Film Festival brings the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with a fortnight of screenings and events this April. Find out what it means to be Asian and queer today from the unheard voices of storytellers, activists, academics, and those who dare to challenge social norms, history, and the law in Asia.

21 April 2020 - 20 April 2020

QUEER EAST: BETWEEN THE SEASONS

Queer East Film Festival brings the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with a fortnight of screenings and events this April. Find out what it means to be Asian and queer today from the unheard voices of storytellers, activists, academics, and those who dare to challenge social norms, history, and the law in Asia.

22 April 2020 - 23 May 2020

A MUSEUM IN BAGHDAD

Hannah Khalil’s new play comes to London this April following a run at Stratford-upon-Avon, directed by Erica Whyman.

23 April 2020 - 23 April 2020

QUEER EAST: MALILA THE FAREWELL FLOWER

Queer East Film Festival brings the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with a fortnight of screenings and events this April. Find out what it means to be Asian and queer today from the unheard voices of storytellers, activists, academics, and those who dare to challenge social norms, history, and the law in Asia.

Free

23 April 2020 - 28 June 2020

CULTURE MOVE (Sampled History): Exhibition

Spanning art, music and performance, Culture Move (Sampled History) is a dynamic exhibition tracing the diverse cultural heritage of Brent and exploring the history of sampled music in the borough since the advent of Hip-Hop in the 1980s - celebrating a cultural movement initiated and led by young people as a positive creative outlet that continues to resonate across the generations.

25 April 2020 - 25 April 2020

QUEER EAST: GF*BF

Queer East Film Festival brings the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with a fortnight of screenings and events this April. Find out what it means to be Asian and queer today from the unheard voices of storytellers, activists, academics, and those who dare to challenge social norms, history, and the law in Asia.

Free

25 April 2020 - 26 September 2020

ST MICHAELS AND ALL ANGELS STEEL ORCHESTRA - HARLESDEN PERFORMANCES

Come and watch a group of talented young steel pan players from St Michaels and All Angels steel orchestra performing an eclectic mix of classical, soca, reggae and pop music – all the best tunes from Mozart to Stevie Wonder!

Free

25 April 2020 - 25 April 2020

OTHER CINEMAS: ROXY REZVANY

Roxy Rezvany, a Brent born and bred filmmaker, joins us to share a collection of her beautiful short films.

Free

04 May 2020 - 08 December 2020

WORD UP LONDON: LIVE EVENTS

Word Up is back for 2020 with a programme of workshops open to anyone who wants to develop their writing or spoken word artistry. Alongside this, six stellar evening events will take place at The Royal Oak with Musical Headliners and Featured Poets alongside our open mic.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: WEMBLEY LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: CRICKLEWOOD LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: EALING ROAD LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: BARHAM COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: HARLESDEN LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: KENSAL RISE LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: KILBURN LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: KINGSBURY LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: PRESTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

16 May 2020

THE MUSEUM OF ALL BRENT LIFE: THE LIBRARY AT WILLESDEN GREEN

Local memories, stories and myths curated in each of the ten Brent libraries, uncovering, exploring and celebrating our borough.

Free

23 May 2020 - 23 May 2020

BRENT UK UNSIGNED MINI-FESTIVAL

The Brent UK UNSIGNED Mini-festival will enable local communities, art forms and music genres to be represented in performance & exhibition. This will give them the opportunity to tell the stories of their Brent origins. We will represent Brent's diverse unsigned performers across different cultural and contemporary art forms and performances.

04 June 2020 - 27 June 2020

THE GLEE CLUB

A poignant and hilarious comedy featuring hit songs, Richard Cameron’s renowned play celebrates the shared experiences and close bonds between a group of unlikely friends.

Free

06 June 2020 - 06 June 2020

T.O.Y / The Other Youth

T.O.Y / The Other Youth is an exciting new project, To The T will be showcasing a short dance film and putting on an event. The film seeks to sympathetically represent our youth, challenge prejudices and look at the emotional impact of certain key scenarios that arise in the child’s life which lead to violent behaviour.

27 June 2020 - 28 June 2020

QUEEN'S PARK BOOK FESTIVAL

Queen's Park Book Festival is a celebration of the literary arts and in 2020 the themes of recent festivals - immigrant identities, childhood memories and local history - will be explored even further.

Free

06 July 2020 - 16 August 2020

THE HARLESDEN & WILLESDEN PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE

A comprehensive, largely unseen archive of photographs, made by Roy Mehta, documenting life in Brent in the late 1980s and early 1990s in an exhibition at the Library at Willesden Green.

09 July 2020 - 09 July 2020

BRENT CULTURE SWITCH

Join us at our festival in Barham Park, celebrating what it means to live in Brent. The festival is open to all and will mark the end of a series of workshops for Brent residents with learning disabilities led by ActionSpace artists. View the work produced during the workshops and add your own creativity to a growing collective artwork throughout the day.

Free

11 July 2020 - 11 July 2020

THE KILBURN HIGH

We’re holding a mile-long street party on the Kilburn High Road celebrating the music, migration and movements that made the Music Mile famous. For an entire day this ancient road will be closed between the two Kilburn stations. Please find alternative routes. Kilburn will be dancing in the street.

Free

11 July 2020 - 11 July 2020

THE CULTURE CLASH COLLECTIVE

An exciting and original collaboration between dancers of different styles and cultural backgrounds, which will culminate in a performance for the audience of The Kilburn High street party. Think of a unique fusion of Irish, Bollywood, Afro dancers and more!

Free

01 August 2020 - 01 August 2020

THE BLUEPRINT ALL-DAYER

The Blueprint All-Dayer will be curated by the Blueprint Collective, gathering local spoken word artists, comedians and MCs at Boxpark in Wembley. 

03 September 2020 - 23 October 2020

THE NO BASS LIKE HOME FILM PROJECT

The contribution of black British filmmakers, from Horace Ove to Menelik Shabazz onwards, is a vital part of British film history and a proud cultural legacy of the borough. Bass culture plays a huge role in every film in this season, presented at The Lexi Cinema in partnership with We Are Parable and Black History Studies.

05 September 2020 - 05 September 2020

CULTURE CAPITAL

On 5 September 2020, Wembley Park will host Culture Capital - a massive showcase of new London sounds by leading artists who will perform as part of an affordable mega-gig at The SSE Arena, Wembley, curated by the Blueprint Collective in partnership with Metropolis Music

10 September 2020 - 31 October 2020

WIFE OF WILLESDEN

The world premiere of Zadie Smith’s debut play The Wife of Willesden comes to Kiln Theatre for a strictly limited run. This updated irreverent, bawdy and beautiful new comedy celebrates the life and times of one of literatures most beloved characters.

Free

03 October 2020 - 04 October 2020

HARLESDEN BASS WEEKENDER

A weekend-long take-over of Harlesden’s high street, bars, community centres and churches showcasing performances from some of Brent’s finest reggae and bass pioneers.

01 November 2020 - 08 November 2020

OUR JOURNEYS

‘Our Journeys’ is a live cinema performance by digital artists Addictive TV, collaborating with blind Sri Lankan percussionist Ghow Ratnarajah and Brent charity the Asian People’s Disability Alliance. Featuring residents sharing their stories of how they came to live in the borough, the performance will take place at Kiln Theatre in November 2020.

12 November 2020 - 12 November 2020

MOBO AWARDS

Brent is to host the prestigious MOBO Awards, marking its 23rd year with a special “homecoming” show.

20 November 2020 - 19 December 2020

NW TRILOGY

Three kaleidoscopic stories re-investigate the different neighbourhoods of our local area and celebrate the important local events and people that went on to change this country.