Brixton X Harlem Festival

This August, head to Brixton, South London to explore the common threads between Brixton and Harlem in a five-day festival across the town centre. Brixton BID, working with local businesses is hosting the Brixton X Harlem festival to bring their twinning with Harlem’s 125th Business Improvement District to life.

The festival explores the commonalities of the two places across various themes including business, culture, music, food & drink, arts and much more. 

Gianluca Rizzo, Managing Director of the Brixton BID stated: “Brixton and Harlem share similar stories and values. Diversity, inclusivity, equality, and justice represent the foundations of our communities. Our first BID twinning and our first festival want to celebrate our stories and create a better economy and society’.

Wednesday 3 August

Francesco Nasone Live at The Laundry. Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Nasone is a singer, songwriter, author and vocal arranger. His style is a rare mix of genres such as jazz, pop, Brazilian and folk music blended with some fine arrangements and sophisticated harmonies.

Night Cap at Brixton House. Whilst we can’t say who the special guests will be, we can say that it will be amazing with local grassroots cultural producers and djs, Handson Family.

Thursday 4 August

Common Threads Brew Launch. Join the founders of Brixton Brewery and Harlem Brewing Co. to celebrate the launch of their collaboration brew, Common Threads.

Brixton House Theatre present HangParty. An evening dedicated to celebrating the creativity of local artists from all disciplines and experiences, accompanied by a DJ playing the best of R&B from US & UK playlists.

Deputy Fred Live & DJs. Deputy Fred was set up by Brassroots founder, Jerome Harper, to cover for the legendary Fred Wesley of James Brown fame during Covid

Straight Pocket with Renato Paris and Friends. Renato Paris presents a special jazz jam session for the Brixton x Harlem festival at Pure Vinyl, London’s only Black female-owned record shop in Brixton.

Friday 5 August

The Island of Brixton – Brixton & the Empire Windrush Walking Tour. This walk focuses on the specific connection between Brixton and the 1948 voyage of the ship Empire Windrush. The phrase ‘Windrush Generation’ has entered into everyday language as a catch-all term to describe West Indian settlement in the UK after World War Two. Expanding on the known narrative of “Windrush” era, using archives and unpublished personal testimonies, this walk will explore the forgotten stories and lost sites of post-war Brixton, its connection to the passengers on the ship Empire Windrush, and the men and women from the Caribbean who made their home in Lambeth.

Business Talks at Impact Brixton. An evening of panel discussions and podcasts from Brixton & Harlem business owners and community leaders discussing the crucial topics of Regeneration and Culture Capital, and what this means for our twin locations.

Studio Salons: Conversations in the Commons | Monuments and Public Space. Join danilo machado, Lisa Anderson (Black Cultural Archives), and Imani Jacqueline Brown for the third instalment of the Studio Museum’s Conversations in the Commons.

Brixton X Harlem HangParty Graphic

HangParty: Art Workshop. A creative art workshop led by a facilitator who will guide you through the process and allow you room to express yourself, whatever you produce.

HangParty: Spoken Word Open Mic. Led by Memo Brown, this spoken word workshop will use visual stimuli, prompts and group work to enable participants to develop their pieces of poetry.

House Music is Black Queer Music. Stories from East Harlem to South London, hosted by New York native, DJ/ Scholar, Lynnée Denise and Brixton born and bred activist, Marc Thompson.

Christian, Handson Family. One half of the local Brixton DJ couple, the Handson Family, will also be performing as part of our Brixton X Harlem Festival at The Lounge Brixton.

Saturday 6 August

Black Sound – 100 years of Black music in Brixton Walking Tour. From dub poetry to dubstep, the radiograms and radio stations, we explore the stories and sites of more than 100 years of Black music in Brixton. Tracing the musicians who brought jazz to the UK, the record shop that was headquarters to the British civil rights movement, the Trinidadian superstar who created an anthem for the Windrush generation, and how the arrival of the sound system changed British music forever.

Black Culture Market at The Department Store. Black Culture Market supports emerging entrepreneurs and new Black businesses of African and Caribbean descent with opportunities to sell their unique products and brands.

The Harlem Bridge. An all-day festival celebrating Hip Hop culture incorporating open to all dance classes, a live graffiti muralist and a Hip Hop dance competition.

HangParty: Open Mic. HangParty’s Open Mic is welcoming all the Creatives, regardless of experience. If you perform music, poetry, spoken word, or comedy, book your free ticket either as an audience member or as a performer, to share your work with the Brixton community.

Hip Hop Old Skool Jam. There’s no way we could celebrate Harlem and not have a Hip Hop party! Heavyweight DJs Sarah Love & Mr. Thing serving up a blend of quality Hip Hop.

Sunday 7 August

Black Women / Black Power in Brixton Walking Tour. This walk traces the networks and organisations that created the Black Women’s Movement of the 1970s and 1980s. From the legacies of women like Claudia Jones and Olive Morris to the genesis Black Power in 1960s Brixton – we’ll focus on how Black women organising in this south London neighbourhood left their mark and changed the landscape of contemporary Britain.

Summer of Soul free screening. The Grammy award-winning documentary Summer of Soul returns to the Ritzy to be screened as part of the Brixton Harlem Festival! Tickets are free sponsored by Brixton BID.

Alchemy with DemiMa & JJ Soul. DemiMa and JJ Soul present a special for the Brixton x Harlem festival showcasing powerful spoken word and music performances with live band!

All Week

The Brixton X Harlem Supper Cloth. Designed by Stitch School, the community of Brixton is invited to make their mark on the cloth to celebrate the twinning. The cloth will be across Brixton for the week. Read more here.

Brixton Village’s Harlem Neighbourhood. For the week of the Brixton X Harlem Festival Brixton Village will take you through the sights, sounds and influences of the Brixton X Harlem festival and Twinning of these two places.


Brixton BID presents the Brixton X Harlem Festival in celebration of their twinning with Harlem’s 125th Street BID, New York. See the full programme of events on brixtonxharlem.com.

Brixton BID presents the Brixton X Harlem Festival in celebration of their twinning with Harlem’s 125th Street BID, New York. See the full programme of events on brixtonxharlem.com.

We all want to make it.
Make it in our chosen career. Maybe make it big.

Sometimes perhaps just make it to pay day.
But whatever our ambition, what unites us all is the desire to thrive, be recognised – and be supported.
And that’s what Lambeth’s Creative Enterprise Zone is all about. Supporting creative people to do amazing creative things without having to leave our amazingly creative corner of south London.
Because we all want to make it – of course – but more than that, we want to Make It in Brixton.

X
X