Brent step up Borough of Culture bid

Brent Council have released a video in support of their Borough of Culture bid, featuring a poem narrated by young people celebrating the cultural quality of the borough.

The poem by Brent poet and art teacher Chris Beschi, better known as Poet Curious, is narrated by Jamie Akrah, Dinarte Pachecoi and Jessica Mensah – young residents who have all worked with the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn.

Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, Reggae legend Bob Marley, authors Zadie Smith and Mark Twain are all referenced for their links with the borough, as is Dollis Hill’s Grunwick industrial dispute of 1976.

Views of Brent including Wembley Stadium, Neasden Temple, the boroughs parks, Harlesden’s clock, the Ace CafĂ© in Stonebridge and Kilburn’s Gaumont State Cinema building all feature, as does the borough’s Civic Centre, the new Library at Willesden Green, Kilburn’s market and Beat Radio’s HQ.

The council says the poem “honestly recognises the tough issues the borough faces, and adopts a youthful outlook, recognising Brent’s place as an international meeting place and destination of opportunity”.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: “This is a simply stunning video which not only reflects the spirit of our borough, it reflects the spirit of our bid for London Borough of Culture 2020, which is a spirit of youthfulness, internationalism and community.”

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