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Brixton Splash to mark Jamaica’s 50

PARTY TIME: Brixton splash will take place on August 5

EUROPE'S MOST famous Black community, Brixton, South London, will celebrate Jamaica’s 50th independence with an Olympic special street party on Sunday, August 5th.

The Brixton Splash was originally set up in 2006, by social entrepreneur Ros Griffith and community leader Blacker Dread, to commemorate 25 years since the 1981 uprisings and is now firmly established on London’s cultural calendar of ‘must-do’ community events.

During its short history, the event has grown from strength to strength, with next month’s event promising to be its biggest and boldest yet.

Organisers are anticipating 20,000 revellers partying in the streets of one of the most well known Black community’s in the world.

“Brixton always used to be infamous”, says Splash organiser, Blacker Dread. But now we have become famous so this event is a celebration of the richness of our culture, heritage and a nice peaceful community.

Apart from four sound systems situated along Coldharbour Lane and Atlantic Road, playing everything from Revival Reggae to Bashment, there will be live performers on stage in Windrush Square, a children’s playzone as well as numerous food stalls serving up a mouth-watering diverse selection of world cuisine.

The historic connection between this south London neighbourhood and the people of the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, has long been recognised and this year’s event has been included on the Jamaican High Commission’s events calendar as part of their 50 years of independence celebrations.

Jamaican TV will broadcast three hours live coverage from the event back to its viewers in the Caribbean.

Throughout Atlantic Road, Electric Lane and Windrush Square the Splash festivities will have a decidedly black, gold and green tone as the main stage and four sound systems blast a mixture of reggae, ska, soul and dancehall music.

Brixton Splash will take place on August 5, for more information go to http://www.brixtonsplash.org

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