Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Recommendation | Pop Brixton

Looking for something to do this weekend and not sure where to head? Nestled in the heart of Brixton, just behind the station, lies a new addition to the foodie neighbourhood in the form of a vibrant community hub - Pop Brixton. With its up-cycled shipping containers it would be easy to compare it to the likes of Shoreditch’s BOXPARK but this social enterprise start-up really does have the locals in mind and the people behind it are doing everything in their power to put a spotlight on their inhabitants. Commissioned by Lambeth Council, the project is a joint collaboration between The Collective and Carl Turner Architects and it aims to support local businesses from Lambeth whilst offering workshops, events and programmes that give back to the community - now thats my kind of initiative

Pop provides a space where clothing, food, drinks, art and events all sit under one non-existent roof like a mini inner-city and it’s certainly a lively environment. Theres even a local radio station broadcasting live on all the action. The environmentally friendly shipping containers are adorned with Eley Kishimoto prints (which had me at hello) and the rest of the walls feature street art by local artists. Perfect for a grittier, urban, rough around the edges style of inspiration.  

The shops themselves have been picked to complement one another and not compete, all whilst embracing the Brixton vibes and catering to what the neighbourhood might like to see there. With a few of the containers set aside for pop-ups it’s a great space to discover fresh talent whilst supporting independent brands and offering a helping hand to potentially start someone’s career. For anyone interested you can apply for space via Appear Here.     
 All in all, Pop Brixton provides a little something of everything with everyone in mind and the guys involved in it are really passionate about what they are doing. Most notably, it makes you feel part of something special and this is what will ensure both myself and a lot of others keep on returning for more. With a pop-up cinema showing a short film festival THIS Sunday and many more cultural events planned for the very near future, a couple of sunny hours spent checking this place out is surely a no-brainer.

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