Following the success of its first festival last year Ovalhouse theatre presents the Brixton City Festival later this month. The weekend event, running from Thursday, September 21 to Sunday, September 24, will see theatre directors, musicians and spoken word artists performing at venues across Brixton.
There will also be roller skating and hula-hooping for families and friends.
The festival is part of a series of events leading up to the relocation of Ovalhouse from Kennington Oval to its new home in 2020, which will provide a hub for artists, innovation and culture in the heart of Brixton.
The festival is delivered in association with Brixton Design Trail, which, together with Ovalhouse, has transformed the former food court in Atlantic Road into a festival arts and information space for both events.
Stella Kanu, executive producer at Ovalhouse, said: “Our love for Brixton is real. We are excited to again be celebrating Brixton with radical agendas, serious fun, things to get you moving and shaking – wrapped up in a weekend of free activities.
“Simply watch a great piece of theatre, jump in a car and take an extraordinary solo journey, walk through the political history of Brixton with some grime and poetry, or be brave and take the six-hour midnight tour of Brixton.
“This is no ordinary festival, but then again Brixton is no ordinary place.”
The Brixton City Festival programme starts on September 21 at Ovalhouse’s car park with gay socialist folk band Gerrard Winstanley’s Mobile Incitement Unit presenting theatre and music which explore the history of protest in England.
The event also features the Black Smock Band, Sarah Jeanpierre & Rhiannon Kelly, and is devised by Daedalus Theatre Company.
From Friday, September 22, there will be a spoken word tour of radical Brixton with poet and activist Potent Whisper.
On Saturday, September 23, Ovalhouse will showcase young musical talent with Raw Material and present Lara Lee’s Wonders of Brixton. Fresh from his sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe, Inua Ellams invites audiences to join him on The Midnight Run where strangers gather with artists and activists to explore, play and create while the city sleeps.
Finally, on Sunday, September 24, poet Rebecca Tantony and director Raquel Meseguer (Lost Dog), present All The Journeys I Never Took, an immersive spoken word show with an all-female team.
The final day also sees a culmination of hula-hooping and roller-disco en mass with Marawa’s Majorettes and sees Bootworks cycling through Brixton with their mobile jukeboxes.
All events are free. For full details visit http://www.ovalhouse.com/whatson/detail/Brixton-city-festival-2017