18 January 2020


RISE is the opening event of Brent's year as London Borough of Culture. A large-scale outdoor display with a local community cast of hundreds, telling the story of Brent through dance, projection, film, and an incredible soundtrack. RISE will take place on Saturday 18 January 2020.

Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture will launch on Saturday 18 January 2020 with RISE, a spectacular outdoor celebration spanning the length of Olympic Way featuring a cast of hundreds of local people participating in a giant musical dance performance, telling the story of Brent.

RISE will chart how this corner of the capital travelled from the margins to impact culture in Britain, through its music, activism, and rebellious spirit. Large-scale projections will illuminate Wembley Park’s newly generated Olympic Way, welcoming people to Brent to celebrate the start of its year as London Borough of Culture. The event will be curated by Southpaw Dance Company and feature performances from Brent-based professional dancer and choreographer Andrea Queens. Everyone is welcome!

Scroll down for details and to register!


Help launch Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture by performing in RISE – the spectacular opening event for Brent 2020 taking place on Saturday 18 January 2020.

If you have a connection with Brent and are aged 16 plus – this is for you! No previous experience needed and all are welcome.

Taking part in RISE will involve learning the choreography for the show at weekly classes led by brilliant dance teachers. Classes start on Monday 28 October - although we will still be accepting joiners throughout the week of Monday 4 November - and take place at venues across Brent so you can choose your closest venue to attend. Videos of the choreography will also be put online so you can practice at home.


Dance classes will take place at the following venues – you’ll be expected to attend one class a week

Classes will run until the week of Monday 16 December, with a break for the festive season before restarting in early January ahead of the final performance on Saturday 18 January 2020.