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2020 Culture Fund: Round Two Announcement

 Posted On 27 November 2019

THE BRENT 2020 TEAM HAVE ANNOUNCED THE SECOND ROUND OF PROJECTS TO BE SUPPORTED BY THE 2020 CULTURE FUND

A grant programme for local people and organisations to lead their own cultural activities as part of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture, the 2020 Culture Fund offers grants of up to £3,000 for individuals and grants of up to £10,000 for organisations.

This is the second of three rounds of funding, with successful applicants selected by a community panel. 23 projects have been selected for Round Two; 17 organisations and six individuals. The projects are:

AiR
Artists in Residence (AiR) will support Brent schools in deprived areas, enhancing their cultural curriculum by creating opportunities for them to work with high calibre artists and cultural organisations.

AQ ARTS YOUTH COMPANY
This project will give birth to the AQ Arts Youth Company: for talented singers, dancers and spoken word poets who want to excel in the arts; their debut public performance will be as part of The Kilburn High street party.

BACK TO FRONT
Produced by the Jason Roberts Foundation, the Back To Front project takes place in Stonebridge and will showcase sound systems from the golden age of reggae and rare groove.

BRENT: THE BOROUGH OF US
A digital media project for local young people to gain the skills they need to tell their stories, led by Brent charity Sport at the Heart.

BRENT CULTURE SWITCH
ActionSpace invites Brent residents with learning disabilities to celebrate what it means to live in the borough through a series of art workshops and a community festival at Barham Park in July 2020.

BRENT ENSEMBLE EXPLOSION
A collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brent Music Service, allowing over 10,000 young people across Brent to create their own anthem for 2020.

THE CULTURE CLASH COLLECTIVE
An exciting and original collaboration between dancers of different styles and cultural backgrounds, produced by local student Samara Roach-Keiler.

CULTURE MOVE (SAMPLED HISTORY)
Spanning art, music and performance, Culture Move (Sampled History) is a dynamic exhibition from artist and curator Jon Kehoe, 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.

#GETHEARD
Girls I Rate’s #GETHEARD will showcase the next generation of female artists, songwriters, poets, producers, rappers and DJs and create opportunities for young people in Brent to learn and network with top music and entertainment industry professionals.

JOIN THE PARTY
An inclusive theatre project for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, run by RootPrints Theatre. Participants will explore their diverse and vibrant roles as part of Brent's community.

THE KILBURN TAPESTRIES
From Electronic Sheep, The Kilburn Tapestries is a knitted tapestry wall-hanging, based on the untold stories of the Irish community in Brent.

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.

THE OCTOBER ANTHROPOLOGIST
Anthropological 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.

THE OTHER YOUTHS
From Kilburn design company To The T, The Other Youths is a film created to evoke more empathy and compassion towards young people who become involved in violent crime.

OUR JOURNEYS
A live cinema performance from Addictive TV, collaborating with blind musicians and involving Brent residents sharing their stories of how they came to live in the borough.

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.

THE REGGAE HERITAGE PROJECT
A reggae parade taking inspiration from the achievements of key local heroes, Mahogany Carnival Design will produce an imaginative collection of costumes that chart the rise of reggae in the borough, presented by children from Brent schools, in a carnival street performance in Harlesden on Saturday 3 October 2020.

THE REGGAE TAXI
Carpool karaoke reggae performances with local musicians and artists, to be captured by Brent filmmaker Carole Joie Thompson and shared online and at events throughout the year, along with participant interviews.

THE REGGAE TICKET
From Tomorrow's Warriors, this project celebrates the iconic Brent record label Trojan Records and will bring together jazz, orchestral instruments, rhythm sections and vocalists into a new ensemble.

THE VOICE OF WOMEN IN REGGAE
Real Talk Productions UK will bring together the women of the Windrush generation to talk about the role reggae played in their transition from Caribbean to UK life in an event marking International Women's Day at the BBMC Music Complex in Willesden.

20/20 THIS IS NOW
A curated photography exhibition and book from local designer and fashion lecturer Lucy Fine, documenting the style of Brent’s vibrant residents. A copy of the book will be gifted to each of the ten libraries in the borough.

WORD UP LONDON
A much-loved Harlesden-based spoken word event returns for 2020 with six live events at The Royal Oak - with open mic, features and headliners - along with six spoken word workshops at Harlesden Library, led by a selection of nationally and internationally renowned poets, rappers and wordsmiths.

WILLESDEN JUNCTION POETS IN RESIDENCE
During this project, Rose Rouse will gather eight fellow Brent poets to celebrate - in the form of new poems, a book and a launch - the importance, the beauty and the industrial bleakness of Willesden Junction station.

The 2020 Culture Fund will support cultural activities of all shapes and sizes and across all art forms. Artists, creatives, community groups and cultural organisations based or working in Brent are invited to apply for funding.

Read about the successful Round One projects here.

The third and final round will launch on Wednesday 4 December 2019 with a deadline of 23:59 on Tuesday 4 February 2020.