An event is going to be held in Windrush Square, Brixton on Weds 8th July to celebrate the fifth birthday of the Brixton Pound – and the release of a new special edition Brixton Pound 5 paper note.
Kicking off at 5pm, there will be a range of activities going on in the square, including:
Give and Take market – from 7.30am on the day we will be on Windrush Square collecting items such as clothes, books, toys and also any dried/tinned goods for donation to the Brixton Foodbank and the Soup Kitchen. From 5pm everything will be laid out and you’ll be able to browse and take what you like, completely free!
Picnic – bring food along! Grab a takeaway or bring something from home, and hopefully the weather will be kind enough to let us sit on the floor and enjoy a picnic.
Note launch – the new note will be launched on the day and will be available for purchase for the first time at Windrush Square. It is a fully valid Brixton Pound 5 note which can be spent in any B£-accepting business, not replacing the current one (Luol Deng) but complementing the existing set.
Brixton Pound’s designer Charlie is particularly enthusiastic about the design of the new note (which we’ve yet to see). Happily, he’s not being immodest, as the design was “done by someone very special indeed.”
Just listen to him froth:
These are the most amazing currency notes ever produced. No exaggeration. They’re beautiful and mysterious; spiritual and politicising. In two small sides of paper it provides the most compelling response to the rot that emanates from the Square Mile that I’ve seen since we were all told we had to live under the yoke of Austerity.
They’re living proof that while the Establishment can try all they might to take our money, they can’t take our spirit. The pounds Sterling in our pockets are monochrome, dull and in thrall to history and hierarchy – designed to remind us that ‘our’ money isn’t really ours at all. Brixton Pounds are the exact opposite. Joyous and empowering, they remind us that we can all make positive decisions about our spending, and make a real difference to the community around us. They’re wonderful invites to us all to step into a better future.
We can only say hallelujah! to all that and look forward to seeing this tumultuous design being unveiled next week.