The Opening Event of Brent's Year as London Borough of Culture 2020

On Saturday 18 January, thousands of people gathered on Olympic Way in Wembley Park to celebrate the launch of Brent’s year as London Borough of Culture 2020 at RISE – a spectacular, free outdoor show hosted by Principal Partner, Wembley Park.

With the backdrop of the world-famous Wembley Stadium, the stunning mass-participatory performance told the story of the borough’s journey from the margins to impact culture in Britain through its music, activism, and rebellious spirit. Choreographed by Southpaw Dance Company and performed by a community cast of hundreds, people of all ages, backgrounds and origins, the stunning show featured music, spoken word and dance against a backdrop of projections on a custom-built five-storey stage. With an explosive live performance from Brent-born General Levy to wrap up the night, the show was truly a proud celebration of all things Brent.



Robby Graham – Artistic Director/Choreographer
Rebecca Brower – Designer
NOVAK – Video Design and Playback
Kate Bonney – Lighting Design
Danilo Walde – Sound Design
Cinematographers – Daniel Löwenstein & Tom Walder
Molly Syrett – Costume Supervisor
Hannah Postlethwaite – Associate Designer/Props Supervisor
Aileen Kelly – Costume Assistant
Jacob Anderson – Props Assistant
Ethan Cheek – Props Assistant
Michael LLoyd – Props Assistant

Frank Wilson – Producer
Ian Bone – Production Manager
Audrey Leonard – Site Manager
Ben Coxon – Impact Production Services
Anne Marie Chebib – Select Security and Stewarding
Paul Kizintas – Epione Medical Services
Wes Pierce – Number 8 Events