Brent's Culture Bid steps up a gear with 'stunning' video

8 November 2017

LEGENDS of rock n roll, reggae, literature and the people of Brent are all paid homage in a poem narrated by young people in a video which celebrates the cultural quality of the borough.


With thousands of views in the first 48 hours, 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 historic Grunwick industrial dispute of 1976.


Iconic views of Brent including Wembley Stadium, Neasden Temple, the boroughs parks, Harlesden's clock, the Ace Café in Stonebridge and Kilburn's Gaumont State Cinema building all feature, as does the borough's Civic Centre, the state-of-the-art Library at Willesden Green, Kilburn's bustling market and Beat Radio's HQ.


Honestly recognising the tough issues the borough faces, the poem adopts a youthful outlook, recognising Brent's place as an international meeting place and destination of opportunity. A place where people of Irish, Asian and Afro-Caribbean descent and from other communities from all over the world have come to make the borough their home and set course for a new future.


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.


"Our bid is fast gathering momentum and it's an opportunity for everyone in Brent to be part of something really special that would be great for the borough.


"Take a look at the video, share it far and wide and back our bid. It's honest, heartfelt and thought-provoking."