Brixton Splash and riots –p1
On Sunday we went to Brixton Splash. A music event with sound systems and stages, there was also lots of different arts and crafts stalls and workshops, with lots of Food and drink, juices, pop, red stripe beers, cakes, jerk chicken, patties fruits etc.
It was a fun day out and the early hours of the event was very family friendly. Like carnival the general feeling was that maybe children should be taken home in the early evening as it would start to become a more adult based event. Brixton splash celebrates the diverse culture and history of Brixton. And carries a heavy Jamaican presence and theme with the food and music.
The crowd was such an assorted mix of people many different creeds and colours, it was a lovely sight to behold everyone together dancing, eating and having fun. When it came to dancing khai had a great time he danced away to the reggae music blasting out through the crowds.
The whole event spanned Atlantic Road, Coldharbour Lane, Electric Avenue and the Windrush Square and Peace Gardens with almost every person weaving a Jamaican flag, blowing whistles and wearing garland around their necks with children holding balloons all in the beautiful colours of green, black or yellow the colours of the Jamaican flag.
All in all it was a lovely day, we decided to leave just after six pm because we wanted to get the kids home plus there was a whisper of violence on the horizon.
Brixton Splash and riots –p2
The next day Khai and I took bus to visit a relative and you can image my shock when we drove past Brixton and saw that traffic was being redirected and diverted with numerous police officers and police tape blocking the road which is when I started to hear the stories of the riot that took place the night before on the street I had walked with my son less then 24 hours before.
By five in the afternoon I start to get calls from friends telling me that the riot had now spread, Tottenham,Enfield, Peckham, Lewisham, Hackney, Deptford, Croydon, Clapham,Camden,Bristol, Liverpool, andBirmingham. And now I’m hearing on the news that they have started rioting inManchester.