Brixton Splash Celebrates 50 Years Of Jamaican Independence

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Brixton Splash Celebrates 50 Years Of Jamaican Independence

There will be a lot of love for Brixton about on Sunday as the community turns out for their annual free street festival, under the theme 'Out of Many - One People'.

Brixton Splash celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of SW2 and is a "day of soundsystems, dancing and jerk chicken" according to the excellent Brixton Blog.

It will also be celebrating 50 years of Jamaican Independence, and building up to Usain Bolt's 100m Olympic race attempt in the evening.

The main stage on Windrush Square will showcase local talent, young and old, from midday, with reggae, rap and live bands plus dance and poetry performances. The stage also welcomes guest artists from Jamaica and you can expect a tour through the musical history of Jamaica in Britain from soul, pop, ska and reggae through to dancehall and roots music.

It'll be carnival atmosphere on the streets with four sound stages on Atlantic Road and Coldharbour Lane. Kids' activities take place in St Matthews peace gardens with storytelling, drumming and face-painting and craft stalls also set up in the grounds. When you get hungry, a visit to the Jerk Centre on Coldharbour Lane is a must but leave space in your stomach for a visit to the Jamaican food stalls in Windrush Square.

Brixton Splash is on Sunday 5 August from midday till 7pm in Brixton Town Centre. There's an afterparty at the Electric, tickets £10 from Blacker Dread’s record shop on Coldharbour Lane.

Photo of Atlantic Road, Brixton Splash 2010 by teddave via the Londonist Flickrpool.

Last Updated 03 August 2012