Regeneration sounds a lot like gentrification twisted on a South London tongue, but not only here, across the Atlantic, in Harlem, change is out-pacing families where generations have grown up wearing down the same stoops.
Two cultural centres whose African and Caribbean histories shaped the global short hand they have come to stand for, Brixton and Harlem are brought together through the twinning of two Business Improvement Districts.
Histories have long been knocked down and redeveloped in the name of progress, but these spirits live on, histories caught in the paving stones, rivers flowing under our feet. Often we separated, turned inwards and away, but what unities us? What are the common threads we hold with the person next to us.
Across the quarter Common Threads will explore the beauty in our similarities and the lessons in our differences.
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.
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