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Places to be this weekend: Brixton City Festival

PLACE TO BE: Brixton

LONDON’S NEWEST staycation weekender, Brixton City Festival is in its third year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The arts festival will take place in Brixton from Friday – Sunday, September 14 to 16, featuring radical entertainment, pop-ups and sheds-galore. Theatre makers, musicians, spoken word artists open up a world of digital dialogue, love letters and performance.

Brixton will be Ovalhouse’s new home in 2020 – with the new venue providing a hub for artists, innovation and culture in the heart of Brixton. Ovalhouse, in partnership with Brixton Design Trail celebrates the people, lives, styles and cultures of this eclectic part of Lambeth.

With the run up to this move, Ovalhouse have been hosting an annual festival in the heart of Brixton called Brixton City Festival. This is an opportunity to work with and meet local people, uncover hidden artistic talents and offer opportunities to collaborate on a larger scale.

The Programme sees three custom designed sheds hosting an array of dramatic performances in various forms at Windrush Square: Brixton Outloud – presents a magazine style radio station and podcast from Shed 1, playing tunes and chatting with Brixton’s finest icons and rising talent; Shed 2 is Virtual Theatre - which features four awesome plays and gives audiences the opportunity to experience sitting in theatre spaces through VR headsets.

The plays include: Koko Brown's White; Pecho Mama's Medea Electronica; Little Soldier's Derailed and Bella Heesom's My World Has Exploded A Little Bit. And Shed 3 sees Ovalhouse encouraging people to write Love Letters to Brixton using a specially designed post box in Windrush Square.

Potent Whisper uses Rhyme to create discussions about sociopolitical issues and performs Rhyming Guide to Grenfell Britain – a debut spoken word collection with bite and a message. Focusing on mobile phones, Coney presents a new digital game called Infiltration where people can log on to anytime and get involved. In the evening events include Joshua Idehen’s Oi Barman! At Dogstar in Coldharbour Lane, where visitors will see a site specific performance hearing secrets and anecdotes of the bar trade - and everyone gets a drink.

There will be storytelling influenced by African and Greek mythology from Brixton’s very own Lara Lee as she returns to Windrush Square with a theatrical, funky, soulful performance of Wonders of Brixton/ Odyssey.

Ovalhouse teams up with Socitey × SW9, showcasing and podcasting talks, workshops and events all weekend that explore how technology, ecology, culture and protest can build a more positive future.

And Sunday will once again be Family Day, culminating in Windrush Square for workshops, music and fun activities for young and old.

Listings Information: Brixton City Festival 2018 starts on Friday 14 from 3pm-6pm, Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday 16 September from 11am-3pm. All events are free. For full details log onto @OvalHouse #BrixtonCity

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