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Three rounds of funding for local cultural activities

The 2020 Culture Fund is a grant scheme supporting local people, organisations and groups in the borough to lead their own cultural activities as part of Brent's year as London Borough of Culture.

Grants of up to £3,000 (for individuals) and up to £10,000 (for organisations), approved by a community panel, are awarded over three rounds of funding.

ROUND THREE

The application deadline for Round Three of the 2020 Culture Fund was 23:59 on Tuesday 4 February.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of Friday 28 February.


Round One

Round One saw 13 projects approved to receive funding, comprising two individuals and 11 organisations:

BOLDER NOT OLDER
A programme of free dance classes for adults aged 65+, taking place in Brent’s care homes, sheltered accommodation and community centres, produced by DanceWest.

BRENT UK UNSIGNED FESTIVAL
The Brent UK UNSIGNED Festival will enable local communities to be represented, in performance and exhibition, across different cultural and contemporary art forms. Organised by SABA.

CULTURE CLICK
This project will engage and document the local community through a new photography series led by Skylight Brent, the local homelessness charity run by Crisis UK.

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 which will be curated and displayed in an exhibition at the Library at Willesden Green.

THE HOUSE OF LIFE
The House of Life is inviting artists to respond to the extraordinary history of the 21-acre Willesden Jewish Cemetery and create new experiences for people from all backgrounds to enjoy.

LEAP INTERGENERATIONAL ARTS
A series of community outreach projects which will see primary schools, day-care centres and artists work together to produce a creative project, from exhibitions and recordings to live performance.

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.

MAPPING BRENT BACK AT KILN THEATRE
A Kiln Theatre community outreach project working with young people from every corner of the borough, giving them a platform to tell their stories, showcase their talents, and participate in the transformative power of theatre.

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! Performances in Stonebridge and Harlesden.

OTHER CINEMAS
A curated programme of screenings and events, delivered by Other Cinemas, showcasing filmmakers of colour, as well as films that speak to the experiences of Brent’s diverse communities.

QUEER EAST FILM FESTIVAL
The QEFF brings East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London, with a fortnight of screenings and events beginning in 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.

SLAM FOR BRENT
A programme of slam poetry and spoken word workshops for young people, led by The Poetry Society and professional slam poets, culminating in a public performance.

20:20 YOUTH RADIO
A new two-hour fortnightly radio programme run by Bang Edutainment that aims to provide skills training to the young people of Harlesden, whilst also providing a forum for cultural issues to be discussed.


Round Two

At Round Two there were 22 successful projects; 16 organisations and six individuals:

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
An eclectic performance company with a blast of the traditional and urban, in true Brent style. Lead by Andrea Queens and guest artists, the company will be made of talented singers, dancers and performance poets aged 14-25. The first performanc will take place on Saturday 11 July as part of The Kilburn High.

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, led by Samara Roach-Keiler. Think of a unique fusion of Irish, Bollywood, Afro dancers - and more! - culminating in a performance at The Kilburn High.

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

JOIN OUR 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.

BRENT'S BARISTAS UNDER BREXIT
The October Anthropologist team will conduct anthropological research into the lives of Southern/Eastern European immigrants who reside in Brent and work as baristas in cafes in London. A team of artists will analyze and exhibit the findings in an interactive and engaging display at Two Doors Down in Willesden Green.

THE OTHER YOUTH
The Other Youth (T.O.Y.) is an exciting new project from To The T; a short film that seeks to sympathetically challenge prejudices and explore the emotional impact of the key moments in a child’s life which lead to violent behaviour.

OUR JOURNEYS
A collaborative live cinema performance from digital artists Addictive TV, blind Sri Lankan percussionist Ghow Ratnarajah and the Asian People’s Disability Alliance (a Brent-based charity), Our Journeys features residents sharing their stories of how they came to live in the borough. The performance will take place at the Kiln Theatre in November 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.

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.

THE REGGAE TAXI
Carpool karaoke reggae performances with local musicians and artists, to be captured by Brent musician and 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 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 the importance, beauty and industrial bleakness of Willesden Junction station through new poems, to be preserved in a commemorative book.