SUPPORTING BRENT’S ARTISTS AND COMMUNITIES DURING LOCKDOWN
BRENT 2020 UNLOCKED was our response to the new challenges faced by artists and the wider creative sector. We took the Brent Artist Network online, VICE and young people from Brent debunked conspiracy theories around Covid-19 in a weekly podcast, and a new video interview series showcased the legendary musicians, artists, athletes and activists who have shaped and been shaped by Brent. As part of No Bass Like Home, DJs, musicians, shop owners, promoters and music lovers shared their stories of Brent’s contribution to music in Britain.
COVID-19 was created in a Chinese laboratory by scientists gone rogue. Its spread was planned by the government. Its symptoms are actually reactions to 5G phone-mast radiation. Don’t believe any of those theories? Don’t worry. There’ll be another along in a minute – and we’re here to check the facts.
The 98 young people who make up Brent’s Blueprint Collective are teaming up with VICE to investigate and interrogate the latest coronavirus conspiracies on a new podcast series. Hosted by VENT Weekly presenter Amelia and created especially for the Unlocked programme, COVID-19 Fact Checkers will invite experts and fellow Collective members to sift fact from fiction and reality from rumour – at a time when finding and trusting the truth has rarely felt more essential.
A NEW VIDEO SERIES EXPLORING HOW BRENT HAS SHAPED ITS ICONS
How have Brent’s legends been coping during the ongoing pandemic, and what might it mean for their work and practice?
In this new video series, guest hosts from the Blueprint Collective catch up – in a socially distanced way, of course – with legendary musicians, artists, athletes and activists from across the borough to find out how they’ve been affected and perhaps even inspired by the COVID-19 crisis. Along the way, we dig deeper into our guests’ connections to Brent, discovering what they’ve been reading, watching, hearing and absorbing during this strange and frightening time – and how they’re responding to lockdown.
The Blueprint Collective have programmed 10 weeks of free online creative workshops for young people aged 18-25 across Brent. Workshops are led by socially engaged artists from across London and include zine making, photography, video editing, podcasting, vlogging and more. All levels welcome, kicks off 11 May 2020.
Reggae exploded in Brent during the 1970s: the first festival of Caribbean music took place at Wembley, Bob Marley lived in Metroland, Janet Kay became the first British born black female artist to score a UK number one, and the iconic Willesden label Trojan Records introduced the world to reggae. Brent 2020 is celebrating Brent’s vital place in reggae history by asking the local community – DJs, musicians, shop owners, promoters and music lovers – to share their stories to create a new digital archive of interviews, images and resources documenting Brent’s music history for a new generation.