What’s On in Brixton: 17–23 October

    MONDAY 17

    Alejandro Molinero
    Alejandro Molinero

    Upstairs at The Ritzy


    OLÉ! The 20th anniversary season of the Flamenco Express floating festival is set to be as fresh and exciting as its first. Presenting two artists of uncompromising power and grace – international sensation Alejandro Molinero with guardian of gitano heritage, Antonio El Pola. £12/ £10 concs.

    Durning Library

    167 Kennington Lane, SE11 4HF

    6:45 – 9:00 PM

    Black History Month event: Novelist Tessa McWatt discusses her latest novel Higher Ed, which brings the traditional campus novel bang up to date. Her writing injects diversity into a tale about universals: love, loneliness and the search for belonging; it is the multi-voiced immigrant saga set in London’s gritty fringes. Tessa was born in Guyana, grew up in Canada, and has been living and working in London for nearly two decades. Event organised in association with The Friends of Durning Library, refreshments will be available for a £2 donation.


    TUESDAY 18

    Morley Gallery

    61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HT

    11am to 6pm

    And now for something completely different to Brixton: Almost your last chance to catch an exhibition of paintings and mixed media works by Rebecca McLynn in response to time spent in remote coastal or inland locations aim to capture the atmosphere, beguiling isolation and raw immensity of being immersed in unspoilt nature.


    Prince Regent

    69 Dulwich Rd, SE24 0NJ

    8pm sharp

    Quiz with big cash prizes, free drinks questions and a rollover jackpot question that grows each week.



    The Cambria

    40 Kemerton Rd, London SE5 9AR

    7pm to 9pm

    Camberwell Life Drawing is a group for anyone who wants to spend an evening creating art in a relaxed, friendly and bohemian atmosphere. Untutored life drawing classes every Wednesday evening in Loughborough Junction at The Cambria (off Herne Hill Road). £10 per session (student concession £6)


    The Windmill


    Rat The Magnificent; Frauds; Temple Steps; Wreck. £4



    Pop Brixton


    Protest and Struggle – Their words. Our music

    nitrovox_700_image2For Black History Month, NitroVoX, an a cappella group who tell stories about the African diaspora through spoken word and song. will present the words, thoughts and emotions of Brixton residents (new and old) about changes in their community.

    In the drive to regenerate and gentrify inner cities around the world, say Notrovox, it is notable that the areas that are being “spruced up” are largely ethnic low income communities.

    “Articles are constantly being written about housing estates being demolished and not enough, affordable units being put back.  Where do these people go?” they ask.

    “Protest and Struggle came about because we wanted to know, what local residents in the community felt about what is happening around and to them.

    “We also wanted them to tell their stories themselves.

    “Too often, what people from local communities think and say is interpreted and then told to the rest of the world. We believe ownership of these stories and the ability to share their words unfiltered is key to retaining a sense of power and identity.”

    Tickets are available to purchase on the door. Full Price £10 Concessions £5 (Students & Unemployed). More here

    Nitrovox gather the stories
    Nitrovox gather the stories


    FRIDAY 21

    Market House

    9pm to 4am

    Friday Throwdown with DJ Leslie Love, best known for one of Brixton’s best ever nights, Simply Boogie, is back spinning soul, funk, boogie, house, disco, reggae & hip-hop., Free before 10pm, £5 after.



    9pm to 3am

    Live dub set with performers from Lodz to Glasgow

    Free before 10pm, £5 after



    Pop Brixton

    9.30 to 11.30am

    Held every Saturday for kids aged 5 to 12, Kids Kreate is run by volunteer artists to encourage kids to enjoy creating and making things, because feeling good, gaining skills and taking art home makes everyone happy. Bring your kids along and have an hour or two off yourself. Free.


    Durning Library


    Family workshop to learn about the Adinkra symbols of the Ashanti in Ghana which are timeless and still used today on fabric, walls, pottery and wood carvings. Discover their hidden meaning through animation, films, and folktales and use textile stamps to create your own designs on a T- shirt or cloth bag for a donation of £1.

    Karibu Education Centre

    2 to 6pm and 6.30 to 10.30pm

    Presentation by Keasha Bailey: Jamaican Music – Early years to reggae and onwards.

    Tickets from Eventbrite. Organisers Xplosive Music and Jamaicaplus.

    £15 on the door, cheaper earlier from Eventbrite.


    SUNDAY 23



    Melange blend music from North Africa, the Middle East and Mediterranean, incorporating jazz. Formed by cellist Shirley Smart, after 10 years in Jerusalem studying and playing the music of the region, Melange also has musicians from Greece, Spain and Morocco. Free.


    And coming up soon …

    Pop Brixton is to close for three days – 24-26 October – and will then celebrate its new winter outfit, including roof, heating and insulation, with a Raise The Roof party on Friday 28 October swiftlty followed by its Halloween offering the next day. More next week.