Pop Brixton, the pop-up project housed in shipping containers in the vibrant area of South London aimed at supporting local businesses, jobs, training and enterprise, celebrates its second birthday this weekend.
To celebrate, Pop Brixton will host a three-day celebration from 2-4 June.
Pop Brixton is a community initiative that has transformed a disused plot of land into a pioneering space that showcases independent businesses from Brixton and Lambeth, providing a new destination that supports them to set up shop and share space, skills and ideas.
Pop Brixton say: “The idea behind the project was all about empowering local people, providing a platform for them to launch their ideas and businesses and watching them grow. Our ethos was to not give high street brands another storefront, but to support the little guys with the big ideas.”
Since opening, Pop Brixton has been the residence of over 50 local, start up businesses. Almost 2 million people have flocked through the gates at Pop Brixton and 405 jobs have been created.
Among the independent businesses operating from Pop Brixton is Brixton Port Authority, which serves craft beers, real ales, small batch spirits and organic wines and prosecco; Italian gelato store, Scoop; skater-run and skater-owned store, Brixton’s Baddest; new and second-hand vinyl store, Container Records; and Restoration Brixton, whose ethos is “encouraging sustainability, through reviving, repairing, remodeling, recycling, and reusing”.
Pop Brixton is also home to Bounce Back, a painting and decorating social enterprise focused on supporting and training ex-offenders into work.
Speaking of its success stories, Pop Brixton proudly stated on their website: “We have seen our chefs and street food stars secure high street premises and 5 star reviews…there’s even been a published cookbook! Retailers are moving into bigger spaces and developing online stores. We couldn’t ask for much in the success and growth of the businesses here within our community.”
Pop Brixton is also the dwellings of Reprezent Radio, a 24-hour underground music station run by and presented by people all under the age of 25. The radio station has collaborated with bands including The XX.
Pop Brixton, which is intended as a temporary project, was originally supposed to end in October this year. The project has now been extended to remain in place until Autumn 2018.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer specialising in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com