OurBrixton, the multi-arts campaign that discusses and responds to Brixton’s fast-changing identity, is organising a “secret and fun” direct action event on Sunday 27 September.
Anyone wanting to take part should meet up at Brixton Tube – with their dancing shoes – at 12.30 pm. The secret location will be in walking distance.
OurBrixton launched in April this year to discuss and respond to “hyper-gentrification” of Brixton.”For the past six months we have fought on the front line of the gentrification war in London,” said a spokesperson, “demonstrating, occupying spaces, supporting eviction resistance and generally raising awareness of local campaigns”.
But while housing has been to the fore in its efforts, OurBrixton wants to highlight the local venues, arts spaces and community spaces “that have been under heavy attack and are now in huge decline”.
The list of victims includes
Fridge Bar (Served with a CPO)
Music Bar/ George IV (Turned into a Tesco despite being listed as an “asset of community value” having been functioning since 1864)
Club 414 (facing eviction)
Rest In Noise
“These were not simply venues and pubs. They were part of our culture, heritage; and they were community spaces,” said the campaign.
It said Lambeth council had made “devastating cuts to local arts services and charities like Raw Material, who work tirelessly to provide arts training and opportunities for our young and vulnerable people.
“Incredibly, it would also appear that Lambeth does not even have an arts and culture policy.
“Community spaces and access to the arts are key ingredients for both the well being of individuals and social welfare. For these reasons, we will begin to take Direct Action to highlight these concerns, and start reclaiming our spaces.
“This is Our Brixton. See you there!”