81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance launches this April 2021 with an ambitious, community-led cultural programme to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Brixton Uprising of 1981.
The Brixton ’81 Uprisings, where Black communities confronted police against a backdrop of racism, recession and unemployment will be remembered through respectful and impactful events throughout the year. This cultural programme will deliver community-wide interventions and hold spaces of creation that mobilise participation, remembering and expression for communities in Brixton and beyond. Actions thread lines from ‘81 to ‘21, foregrounding the Black lived experience and ongoing struggles for racial justice. Marking the anniversary, the 10th of April weekend will kickstart a year of Defiant Acts which will begin on the anniversary weekend and continue throughout the year.
Over this time the 6 themes of Respect, Reform, Revolution, Regroup and Renew, Resist and Insight/Incite will be manifested visually and sonically across Brixton. The launch month, April, will involve a combination of Covid-secure public installations and community activation kits that will be sent through their doors to local residents. 81 Acts have partnered with a number of Brixton based and national facing cultural and civic organisations including The Brixton Project to realise the programme. The 81 Acts Launch catalyses a year-long programme manifesting 3 years of community visioning forged through a radically inclusive methodology that is accessible, self-organising, and steered by the Black communities it upholds. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.