Brixton Revival is an exploration of the culture, design, craft and communities of Carnival. Journey along the Love Carnival Trail to a range of Brixton venues showcasing the essence of Carnival, and its amazing ability to bring communities together to build bridges across diverse cultures. 

Once a year the Caribbean community in the UK shares Europe's biggest street festival, with the world - London's Notting Hill Carnival. 

‘Brixton Revival’ celebrates this creative explosion with the ‘Love Carnival Trail’ documenting its journey from the Caribbean to its presence in the heart of Brixton. ‘Brixton Revival’ celebrates the culture, arts, design, craft and communities who make carnival happen. Presenting a visual spectacle through design, exhibition, music and display all inspired by the Steel pans, Mas making and unique sounds of Carnival.
 
Journey along the ‘Love Carnival Trail’ to visit a range of Brixton venues, showcasing the essence of Carnival and its amazing ability to build bridges across diverse cultures. 

We are proud to feature work by Carnival Arts Specialists Carl and Lyn Gabriel along the trail. Lyn's parents were actively engaged in carnival; with her father a Pan Man, and Mother, a Carnival Queen, she grew up with Carnival in her blood. Carl was involved early on with carnival as a pan player with Ebony Steel Band, and went on to co found Star Dust Mas and create his own Mas Band, Misty Carnival Club. The Gabriel's specialise in wire-formed sculptures that are presented at Carnivals across Britain as well as other large scale festival events including Diwali in Trafalgar Square and the Mayor’s Thames Festival. Whilst Carl focuses on creating the wire forms Lyn adorns and adds the finer details to the structures. Two of their large scale 3D wire form sculptures are on display at the Black Cultural Archives as a part of the Love Carnival trail.

This year it is even more important to spread the theme that ‘LOVE IS POWER’ and as we say during carnival ' ...let dem see love and unity, One big family....togetherness' (Square One /Alison Hinds - Togetherness 2007)

BrixRevival Love Carnival Trail Installations
16th – 24th September 2017
Join the Love Carnival Trail and journey through the heart of Brixton visiting a range of businesses playing host to the BrixRevival carnival inspired installations featuring work by artists Alvin Kofi and Carl Gabriel along with a range of others. Pit stops along the trail will help to reveal the meaning of carnival and terms like; ‘Chippin’, Jouvert, Mass, Fete, and Panorama. Essential carnival inspired merchandise will be available along the trail as well as a special Love Carnival map for visitor and participants to plot their journey.

Visit the BrixRevival pop up shop at 205A Stockwell Road SW9 to pick up your FREE Love Carnival Trail Map.

To find out more join Alvin Kofi for a talk on the Making of the Love Carnival Trail on Saturday 16th September from 6.30pm at Diverse, 390 Coldharbour Lane.
@BrixRevival #BrixRevival
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LOVE CARNIVAL TRAIL – PARTNERS ALONG THE TRAIL

Brixton Revival Pop Up Shop
205A Stockwell Road, Brixton SW9 9SL
16th - 23rd September
12noon - 6pm daily (Monday - Saturday)
The Brixton Revival collective take up residency for a week. Visit the pop-up show to see a Carnival Inspired installation, BrixRevival Merchandise, art work by established and upcoming artists (on display and for sale) and to pick up your FREE Brixton Revival Love Carnival Trail Map.
@BrixRevival

Sackville Travel
203 Stockwell Road, Brixton SW9 9SL
16th – 23rd September
9.30am - 5.15pm Monday – Friday, Saturday 9.30am - 2.30pm
Taking you on a journey from Brixton to the many homes of Carnival in the Caribbean and beyond, visit Sackville travel to learn more about flights to wonderful warm climes and see a carnival inspired installation designed by the Brix Revival Collective.
www.sackvilletravel.com
@sackvilletravel

Pure Vinyl Records
248 Ferndale Road, Brixton SW9 8FR
16th – 22nd September
11am-6pm
Sounds of the Love Carnival Trail: Join Pure Vinyl for a daily ‘selection’ as DJ's present innovations of the UK Carnival musical scene playing Calypso, Soca, Scar and Soul. The long standing corner stone of African Caribbean music in Brixton, explores the historical sounds of carnival; giving visitors a taste of the music and the spirit of carnival along with vinyl memorabilia displayed from back in the day; Calypso and Soca .....Lord Kitchener, Byron Lee....Reggae and Ska Legends. Visit the carnival inspired installation and Brixton Revival Love Carnival Merchandise
#BrixRevival

Diverse
390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF
16th – 24th September
11am - 6.30pm Monday – Saturday & Sunday 12 – 5pm
Diverse London Rocks - Revival Pop Up Exhibition: From entrepreneurial market culture to the iconic Nottinghill Carnival Antonietta Torsiello’s bold linocut designs explore creativity and the power of love to inspire and create. Antonietta’s Limited edition lino cut prints, vibrant water colours and textiles are available to view and buy. Championing the contributions and long standing history of African/Caribbean communities in London and celebrating their entrepreneurial spirit and cultures which are a key feature of Carnival.
@diversegifts @torsielloartist #BrixRevival #londonrocks #londonrocksbdt17 #diversebdt17

The Front Room
100 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5QN
16th – 23rd September
12pm – 7pm daily
Home to the Acre Makers, the Front room will featuring a Trunkstore installation celebrating the African Caribbean presence in Brixton over the past 70 years, along with an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary gifts. The Acre Makers are a collective of seamstresses and makers; such individuals went on to become the backbone of carnival, and so, their everyday crafting pays homage to the traditions which are evident and thriving in African Caribbean Communities today. The Front Room will also play host to a small exhibition of art works based on the theme ‘For the Love of Carnival’ by the KofiArts Drawing Class students, emerging and established artists; Sandra Archer, Dee Lawrence, Natasha Campbell, Janese Samuels, Elise Markham, Christine Clarke, Flo Awolaja, Stacey Leigh Ross, Ken McCalla, Drew Sinclair.
@100Acre #BrixRevival #acremakers

Adornment 365 Natural Hair & Loc Bar
81 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5TN
16th – 24th September
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Saturday& Sunday 11am – 5pm
Adornment365 featuring Tears Mas: Quirky carnival designs from emerging illustrator Khamisi plus a collection of headpieces by Tears Mas - one of London’s fast growing, new generation carnival bands. Tears Mas forges collaborations between emerging costume design talent, masqueraders and soca artists to create an explosive annual experience on the road at Nottinghill Carnival.
www.adornment365.com www.facebook.com/adornment365
@adornment365 #BrixRevival #adornment365 #tearsmas

Gida Collective
55 Loughborough Road, Fiveways, Brixton SW9 7TB
16th September – 23rd September
12am – 6pm
Visit Gida Collective to view the sculptural works of artist and world renowned ‘Wirebender’ Carl Gabriel. Showcasing both new and well know artisans, Gida Collective will feature an exhibition of Carnival culture along with art and crafts from the diaspora and the UK. Special events will include live art workshop, African Drummers, Caribbean food and drinks all in an intimate setting.
@collectivegida

Sackville Travel
203 Stockwell Road, Brixton SW9 9SL
16th – 23rd September
9.30am - 5.15pm Monday – Friday, Saturday 9.30am - 2.30pm
Taking you on a journey from Brixton to the many homes of Carnival in the Caribbean and beyond, visit Sackville travel to learn more about flights to wonderful warm climes and see a carnival inspired installation designed by the Brix Revival Collective.
www.sackvilletravel.com
@sackvilletravel

Black Cultural Archives (BCA)
1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF
16th September – 23rd September
10am - 6pm Tuesday - Saturday
Celebrating music and creativity. Visit their Black Sound exhibition telling the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Delve into the archive and learn about the history of Carnival and how the early calypso and ska pioneers pathed the way. The courtyard features large scale inspirational Carnival Sculptural work by Carl and Lyn Gabriel; 'Mother Earth' (2008) created with children from Hill Mead Primary School SW9 & 'Snake Goddess (2014)
bcaheritage.org.uk
@bcaheritage

BRIXTON REVIVAL SPECIAL EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

For the Love of Carnival Exhibition - Private View
Thursday 14th September 7 - 9pm
A private view of works inspired by ‘The Love of Carnival’.
The Front Room plays host to a small exhibition of art works based on the theme ‘For the Love of Carnival’ by the Kofi Arts Drawing Class students. Paying tribute to the crafters and makers at the heart of carnival.
The Front Room, 100 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5QN
@100Acre #BrixRevival #acremakers
07557363259

BrixRevival Talk – Alvin Kofi the Making of the Love Carnival Trail
Saturday 16th September
6pm – 9pm
Join Alvin Kofi part of the Brixton Revival Collective as he talks about the inspiration and process behind the Love Carnival Trail. Take a look at the design process and collaborations at venues across Brixton who have all joined the trail for the love of Carnival
https://brixrevival-lovecarnivaltalk.eventbrite.co.uk
Diverse, 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF
@BrixRevival #BrixRevival

Adornment 365 Love Carnival – Tears Mas body art
Saturday 16th September
11am – 3pm
Body artist Ayesha Sharriff will bring carnival designs to life using the body as a canvas with live in salon body art. Come along and get painted!
81 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5TN
@adornment365 #BrixRevival #adornment365 #tearsmas

GIDA drop-in Mask Making and Drawing workshops
Saturday 16th September
12noon – 9pm
Drop in to Gida Collection to join in with live art workshops. These hands on activities will allow you to explore the Love Carnival theme through mask making and drawing.
Gida Collective, 55 Loughborough Road, Fiveways, Brixton SW9 7TB
@collectivegida

BCA Commemorating Brother Oxolando Smith
Saturday 16th September
1pm – 5pm
Brother Oxalando was a distinguished musician and drummer with the Afrobloc group, whose name was derived from the Brazilian Carnival movement in Bahia and London School of Samba. Learn all about his contribution to black music, bans and Pan Afrikan ideals.
BCA, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF
@bcaheritage #BrixRevival #CarnivalLegacy

London Rocks Linocut and Water colour workshops
Tuesday 19th September
6.30pm – 9pm (£22)
Come along and join Antonietta Torsiello to create your own original art print in an interactive workshop incorporating linocut and watercolours. Book your place now. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/antonietta-torsiello-14999527827
Diverse, 390 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF
@torsielloartist @diversegifts #BrixRevival #londonrocks #londonrocksbdt17 #diversebdt17
www.facebook.com/torsielloartist
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BCA Ansel Wong Talk
Wednesday 20th September
7pm - 8pm
Join Ansel Wong founder of the ELIMU Mas Band (30 years +) and former Chair of Notting Hill Carnival Board for an exclusive talk about the history of ELIMU and how they have inspired and passed on the heritage of Carnival. ELIMU, Swahili for 'Education' or 'Knowledge', originally operated as a community education centre on the Harrow Road working with young people pupils excluded from school or truanting on a regular basis. Since then ELIMU has gained recognition for its invaluable knowledge of producing award winning costumes for various Carnivals, often in partnership with other artists and artisans.
BCA, 1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF
@bcaheritage #BrixRevival #CarnivalLegacy
Free, book online or drop in.
www.elimumasacademy.eventbrite.co.uk

Under/Exposed: Carl Gabriel wire bending workshop
Thursday 21st September
12noon – 2pm (£25)
Come and join Carl Gabriel, international sculptural artist and wire bender for a talk and workshop. This hands on workshop will allow you to experience Carl’s method for creating 3D sculptural art used to create installations, carnival costumes and large scale carnival structures. BrixRevival are pleased to be part of UNDER/EXPOSED design series hosted by Squire and Partners collaborating with the area’s finest creative talent. During the trail some of Carl's work can be seen in the courtyard of the Black Cultural Archives and in shops along the trail.
The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road, Brixton SW9 8FR
@Brix Revival #BrixRevival
www.bcaheritage.org.uk
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Pure Vinyl DJ Jam
Friday 22nd September
6pm - 9pm
Come, mix, and mingle and win’ to pure vibes as Pure Vinyl Records celebration the launch of their new home with a late night DJ Jam
248 Ferndale Road, Brixton SW9 8FR

GIDA Live Poetry Jam
Friday 22nd September
Word and lyrics and sound celebrating Caribbean Carnival, with African drummers. Caribbean food and drink all in an intimate setting.
Gida Collective, 55 Loughborough Road, Fiveways, Brixton SW9 7TB
@collectivegida

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