Street festivals are a woderful way to give a chance to small businesses to get some traction, but they are also a great way for organisations to reach out to the community, while bringing attention to underlying issues.
Brixton Splash is a community organisation which has been helping disadvantaged people living locally since 2005. They also organise a fun, free one-day street festival, where food and music take centre stage to celebrate the area’s distinctive Afro-Caribbean identity. Loads of jerk chicken barbecues, goat curry and Jamaican patties, alongside a big stage and various sound system areas with revellers dancing to Caribbean hip hop and similar style of music. Sounds any familiar at all? Yes, it is similar to the Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August, a much bigger celebration of Afro-Caribbean identity.
Brixton sits in one of the most varied London boroughs, with over 130 languages spoken there. Despite its recent gentrification, this area still remains distinctively varied, and it is felt that the sense of community would be lost if the gentrification process continues. This is one reason why the Brixton Splash festival is held.
Ah, yes. Huge amounts of police officers came along to the party. Despite the amazing music, food, etc, Brixton has been a conflictive area until recently.
A Londoner from Afar