Brixton Splash is a not-for-profit community organisation. Every penny we raise goes in to putting on this amazing street carnival and running our outreach programme.
Putting Brixton on the map since 2005!
Founded in 2005, Brixton Splash is a not for profit community organisation providing a free one day community street carnival in the heart of Brixton, attracting over 15,000 people throughout the day. During the rest of the year the organisation delivers an outreach programme for those disadvantaged or excluded within the local community.
Brixton Splash is led by the community for the community.
From famous to infamous!
Brixton Splash was founded in 2005 when a group of local community leaders and businesses came together to devise a way to unify a fractured community and combat the then negative reputation Brixton had. With many of those leaders being of Afro-Caribbean heritage, and inspired by a previous street party held in the same location just two years earlier in celebration of the queen’s golden jubilee, the natural conclusion was to have a sound-system street party. Thus, Brixton Splash was born with its original strapline of ‘From infamous to famous’. It started as a single sound-system set-up outside Blacker Dread’s record shop on Coldharbour Lane with just a few hundred revellers and has grown to the amazing carnival you see today.
A great deal of time, hardwork and dedication has gone into running Brixton Splash from many people over the years, and most of these were volunteers. It is their dedication and selflessness which has made Brixton Splash what it is and a huge thank you goes out to all who have played their part in building Brixton Splash to what it is today.
Brixton Splash’s roots are in the Afro-Caribbean community, the date for the carnival is always the first Sunday in August, this is to tie-in with the Jamaican Independence Day – 06 August. In salute to its roots and inline with its objectives, each year Brixton Splash has a theme to promote and celebrate Afro-Caribbean history and culture. This theme is used in our Art’s Outreach Programme and can be seen throughout the carnival.
Brixton Splash Today
Celebrating all things Brixton
We celebrate our community’s diversity, its progress through the years and the fusion of numerous ethnic groups that now call Brixton home, by creating a cultural explosion proudly specific to our location and history. We successfully balance welcoming those who are just discovering Brixton with those who have always believed in Brixton’s unique identity, throughout the years. We remain loyal to and proud of our Afro-Caribbean heritage which has defined our community since the Windrush generation of the late 1940’s and 1950’s.
The Festival is a celebration of community cohesion, vibrant inner city living and Brixton’s contribution to the wider world. Brixton is currently the go-to area in London to enjoy everything culinary and creative with big name businesses moving to the high street and entrepreneurs developing the markets.
Lambeth is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country, with over 130 languages spoken. Brixton sits in the heart of the borough and is a bustling hive of activity. There is a strong history of music and the creative arts and numerous cultural groups are based in the area.
Our Festival is free for everyone, operates between midday and 7pm on the first Sunday in August every year and has become a premier event in the London events calendar.
Each year we improve and enhance the content of our event to build on its success and broaden its appeal. Detailed below is the broad content of the Festival to which more elements are added each year:
- Main Stage (located on Windrush Square) – for up and coming young artists local to Brixton to perform. Artists who have appeared ahead of widespread fame include Katy B.
- Art’s Stage (Located in our Art’s & Family Village in St Matthews Church Gardens) – introduced in 2015 we have an art’s stage for budding spoken word artists, comedians, beatboxers and the like
- Sound-systems – four sound-systems are located througout the footprint
- Youth workshops – we provide free arts workshops for children and teenagers in our Art’s & Family Village located in St Matthews Church gardens.
- Craft Market – we provide a subsidised Craft Market with space for over 30 entrepreneurs to sell their creations.
- Food – we provide stalls selling authentic Caribbean food and other world cuisines.
- NEET’s – For young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) or are at risk of becoming NEET we provide a range of volunteer opportunities for up to 70 people on a our major outdoor event. The areas of training provided include stewarding, event delivery, site build and de-rig and media and PR relations.