Promising to mashup both the people and cultures of Brixton, I Am Your Neighbour is a fizzy, week-long mini arts festival that sees Kennington’s Ovalhouse theatre go out into the community to get locals rubbing shoulders and exchanging ideas.
It’s made up of five main events — two of which are free — taking place in venues including The Black Cultural Archives, the Ovalhouse and Pop Brixton. With an emphasis squarely on ripping up boundaries, it’s apt that the events chuck out normal genres too. So expect a mix of food, chat, performance, beat poetry, theatre and music.
Highlights include I am a Promise, a show devised by a group of 13-18-year-olds in response to work on show at The Black Cultural Archives; while Come Dine With Us brings together the Reader Organisation, Ovalhouse Young Associates and Stockwell Good Neighbours elders group to exchange stories and recipes. There’s a promenade through Brixton’s streets with short playlets along the way in Paved With Gold?, while Livefest! unleashes a host of new voices mixing rap, poetry and music.
The event is run by Truth about Youth and the Ovalhouse, ahead of the latter’s plan to move house to Brixton in 2017.