Windrush Square to host Ovalhouse’s Brixton City Festival

Spoken word poet Potent Whisper
Spoken word poet Potent Whisper

Brixton City Festival is back for its third year. The arts festival, organised by Ovalhouse, takes place in Brixton from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 September, featuring “radical entertainment, pop-ups and sheds-galore”. Theatre makers, musicians, and spoken word artists open up a world of digital dialogue, love letters and performance. And it’s free!

Ovalhouse has partnered with the Brixton Design Trail (BDT) a week-long celebration and showcase of Brixton’s creativity (15 – 23 September).

Brixton will be Ovalhouse’s new location from 2020. In the run up to the move, Ovalhouse has been hosting an annual Brixton City Festival which it sees an opportunity to work with and meet local people, uncover hidden artistic talents and offer opportunities to collaborate on a larger scale.

Three custom designed sheds will host performances at Windrush Square.

Brixton Outloud – presents a magazine style radio station and podcast from Shed 1, playing tunes and chatting with Brixton’s finest icons and rising talent.

Shed 2 Virtual Theatre – features four plays and gives audiences the opportunity to experience sitting in theatre spaces through VR headsets.

The plays include: Koko Brown’s White; Pecho Mama’s Medea Electronica; Little Soldier’s Derailed and Bella Heesom’s  My World Has Exploded A Little Bit.

Shed 3 Love Letters to Brixton is dedicated to encouraging people to write love letters using a specially designed post box in Windrush Square.

Potent Whisper (pictured above) uses Rhyme to create discussions about socio-political issues and performs Rhyming Guide to Grenfell Britain – a debut spoken word collection with bite and a message.

Focusing on mobile phones, Coney presents a new digital game called Infiltration where people can log on to anytime and get involved.

Evening events include Joshua Idehen’s Oi Barman! At Dogstar in Coldharbour Lane.  Visitors will hear secrets and anecdotes of the bar trade – and everyone gets a drink.

Brixton’s Lara Lee  returns to Windrush Square with a theatrical, funky, soulful performance of Wonders of Brixton/ Odyssey. Lee aka FLOetic Lara will be creating a musical soundscape live with amazing musicians, guest lyricists and you the audience – so go along and join in and feel the vibes of the ‘Wonders of Brixton’.

Be prepared and learn your lyrics early by watching Lara on youtube.


Ovalhouse teams up with Brixton Design Trail’s SOCIETY × SW9, showcasing and podcasting talks, workshops and events all weekend that explore how technology, ecology, culture and protest can build a more positive future.

Sunday is Family Day, with workshops, music and fun activities for young and old in Windrush Square.

BRIXTON CITY FESTIVAL 2018 Friday 14 from 3pm-6pm, Saturday  11am-10pm and Sunday 16 September from 11am-3pm.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE. For full details log onto  @OvalHouse #BrixtonCity