Free

31 March 2020

GROWN UP IN BRENT: 100 YEARS OF YOUTH CULTURE

What was and is it like growing up in Brent? Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund, the Museum of Youth Culture is collecting photographs, ephemera and oral histories to tell the story the borough’s youth culture over the last 100 years through your memories.

Free

04 May 2020

A LIFETIME'S WORK

A photography project by Jude Wacks documenting local businesses around Brent, celebrating the history, entrepreneurship and community contribution of family firms across the borough. Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

Free

03 July 2020 - 31 July 2020

QUEER EAST: Docs4Pride

Queer East Film Festival brings the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with four free-to-stream documentaries shining a light on stories of resistance, the fight for civil rights, legal protection and the LGBTQ+ liberation movement in respective countries. Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

Free

06 July 2020 - 08 December 2020

WORD UP LONDON: LIVE EVENTS

Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund, Word Up bring stellar evening events that take place at The Royal Oak and online (during Covid-19) with Musical Headliners and Featured Poets alongside our open mic.

Free

09 July 2020 - 09 July 2020

OTHER CINEMAS: SAEED TAJI FAROUKY

Saeed Taji Farouky, award winning British-Nigerian Filmmaker, joins us to share a collection of his films. Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

Free

13 July 2020 - 27 July 2020

Bring Your Own Bars Poetry

Bring Your Own Bars Poetry is a spoken word open mic dedicated to bringing the best artists from the London scene to North West London. Streaming fortnightly to help you stay at home! Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

Free

15 July 2020 - 15 July 2020

REMIXING WORKSHOP USING GARAGEBAND

Workshop: Introduction to Remixing, using GarageBand to remix a track from "Orchestra of Samples" by digital artists Addictive TV.

Free

22 July 2020 - 09 September 2020

Elevate: Brent Artist Development

An free eight-week online course for Brent music artists, focused on developing their musical artistry, supported by Brent 2002 Culture Fund. You’ll explore a diverse range of artist areas, all designed to have you confidently booking shows and releasing singles in today’s music industry.

Free

31 July 2020 - 23 August 2020

Create and Animate From Home

Learn the basic elements of creating stop motion animation at home with Inanimatorz FREE workshops, supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

Free

01 August 2020 - 01 August 2020

THE BLUEPRINT ALL-DAYER

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

Free

03 August 2020 - 03 November 2020

WORD UP LONDON: WORKSHOPS

Word Up is back for 2020 and supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund, with a program of workshops open to anyone who wants to develop their writing or spoken word artistry. Alongside, their stellar evening events at the Royal Oak and online (during Covid-19) with Musical Headliners and Featured Poets alongside our open mic.

Free

01 September 2020 - 01 September 2020

ERNEST TROBRIDGE - KINGSBURY’S EXTRAORDINARY ARCHITECT

Postponed - new dates TBC. 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.

01 September 2020

QUEER EAST FILM FESTIVAL

Postponed - new dates TBC. Queer East Film Festival brings the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with a fortnight of screenings and events. 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. Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

Free

01 September 2020 - 01 September 2020

THE HARLESDEN & WILLESDEN PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE

Postponed - new dates TBC.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. Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

Free

01 September 2020

CULTURE MOVE (Sampled History): Exhibition

Postponed - new dates TBC. 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. Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

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.

Free

05 September 2020 - 05 September 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 and exhibition - giving them the opportunity to tell the stories of their Brent origins. Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

10 September 2020 - 31 October 2020

WIFE OF WILLESDEN

Postponed - new dates TBC. 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

13 September 2020 - 13 September 2020

BRENT'S BARISTAS UNDER BREXIT

Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund, 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

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.

Free

03 October 2020 - 04 October 2020

ST MICHAELS AND ALL ANGELS STEEL ORCHESTRA

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! Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

03 October 2020 - 04 October 2020

BRENT CULTURE SWITCH

Postponed - new dates TBC. 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. Supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

01 November 2020 - 08 November 2020

OUR JOURNEYS

‘Our Journeys’ is a live cinema Culture Fund supported 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.

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

Postponed - new dates TBC. 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.

Free

01 December 2020 - 31 December 2020

T.O.Y / The Other Youth

T.O.Y / The Other Youth is an exciting new project supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund. 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.

Free

05 May 2021 - 12 July 2021

Commedia Dell’Brent

An 11-week intergenerational participatory drama Culture Fund project, using the Italian comical artform of Commedia dell’Arte to tell satirical stories related to life in the borough.