Hosted by Brixton BID, LYLM Brixton brought together generations, celebrating its vibrant markets and culturally diverse communities by opening with a live steel pan performance by Archbishop Sumner Primary School. Throughout the week, local residents, new and old stallholders and visitors were entertained by tango dancers, samba parades, live bands, free face-painting for the children and rounded up each day with Fresh Strawberry Jams featuring live DJ sets from Stormzy’s sister, DJ Rachael, Neptizzle (Rinse FM) and local resident DJ Asiamah (Reprezent). In the finale, we saw local 50+ charity, SilverFit Cheerleaders create a flashmob-style dance performance in Electric Avenue, joined by enthusiastic young onlookers.
Young streetwear entrepreneur, Curtis Green, 22, took his brand MouseTrap London to the streets for the first time, alongside cancer survivor turned artist, Audrey Williams, 60, who used art to get her through eight operations. Both exchanged and shared knowledge during the week, with market veterans including 90-year old Irene Kelly, hailed the ‘Queen of Brixton Market’. Solomon Smith, of Brixton Soup Kitchen, and his team also sold branded merchandise on behalf of their charity on a sponsored stall at Love Your Local Market festival.
Michael Smith, director of Brixton BID said of the festival, “Our shops and market stalls will continue to reflect our multicultural community and this festival has been a great way to celebrate and demonstrate that. We had it all this year; great entertainment, sun, fun, good footfall and some great trade. We are already looking forward to 2018. We want to thank all the traders who participated and the numerous partner organisations who went the extra mile to make this a great celebration for local market trading. Brixton Markets, the best ever markets.’
As one of London’s most aspirant boroughs, Love Your Local Market has allowed Brixton the opportunity to exhibit its recent £1m refurbishment of the Electric Avenue market, whilst also providing the opportunity to introduce modern ways of accepting payments using the iZettle Reader – a card and contactless payments system.
See the best of our Love Your Local Market festival here. All photos taken by Luke Forsythe.