Featuring a line-up of new and established talent handpicked by local young producers, festival headliners include grime MC Big Zuu, soulful hiphop from The Age Of LUNA, trip-hop inspired electronica from Babeheaven, rising stars from the The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company and the inspirational Heru Hailstones with Asheber and the Afrikan Revolution.
Plus DJs, international street food and drink from Acklam Village Market, an urban beach under the flyover with performances from Ebony Steel Band and spoken word artists including Toby Thompson, street art exhibitions and workshops from Fer Arts, a specially curated selection of short films and animations from young film-makers and VJs in Bay56 theatre, plays from Gate Theatre’s young Gatecrashers and SPID theatre and spectacular free skateboarding demos and lessons in BaySixty6 skate park.
The festival is being programmed and produced by a group of young people who are passionate about the local area, about creativity and community and supporting young talent. They are being supported in this by Westway Trust, the charity that has managed 23-acres of land under the Westway since a community campaign in the early 1970s.
Jai Poon Tip, one of the Portobello Rising Young Producers and founder of the West London Social Club said,
“At a time when life is really hard for young people and we’re struggling with the basics, it’s all the more important to have events like Portobello Rising where our voices can be heard and our talents allowed to shine. West London has an amazing history of world-famous cultural movements and subcultures starting here and for me is the most exciting area in London for all kinds of culture and creativity. Portobello Rising Festival is our way of supporting and showcasing young talent from all scenes and enabling brilliant young voices to rise up loud and clear.”
For more information and updates see http://www.westway.org/grenfell