On Saturday 18 January, we celebrated the launch of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture 2020 at RISE – a spectacular outdoor show featuring a community cast of hundreds hosted by Wembley Park as principal partner, free for all to attend.

The show brought together theatre, dance and music to tell the story of Brent through a mass-participatory performance choreographed by Southpaw Dance Company. A five storey-high stage against the backdrop of Brent’s iconic Wembley Stadium, on Wembley Park’s transformed Olympic Way, was illuminated by colourful projections and set to an incredible soundtrack of music and spoken word.

Brent is the UK’s most diverse borough – a borough of cultures. RISE charts the story of how this corner of North West London travelled from the margins to impact culture in Britain through its music, activism, and rebellious spirit.

Over 300 people were recruited from schools, dance clubs, and community groups across Brent to take part in the performance, learning the choreography from professional dancers from the borough.

The show closed with an explosive live performance by Brent-born artist General Levy.

Saturday 18 January 2020
Olympic Way, Wembley Park

A Southpaw Dance Company Production commissioned by Metroland Culture.
Principal partner Wembley Park.