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01 June - 30 June

An interactive immersive audio walk through the streets and culture of Brixton. Created by Brixton-based public arts company Aswarm, led by Artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie and produced by Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, SONGSTREETS is a journey into the heart and fire of what empowers this unique place: from the Windrush, through the Rising, to the Future.

Created in response to Indigenous Australian musician Jessie Lloyd’s residency in Brixton, which explored commonalities of experience between Indigenous Australians & Black Britons, SONGSTREETS is narrated by Brixton-born artist Tony Cealy. Gathering a host of local voices, this performance-based response to space invites you to discover the people, sites and songs of Brixton, the pathways into hidden stories & cultural memories that are embedded in our streets.

Supported by Arts Council England & the UK/Australia Season

Accessed via the Aswarm XR mobile phone app designed for headphones ( iOS & Android)

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Image: Carlton Brodin & Nadia Rahman. Photos: Lucy Dunkerley & Thor McIntyre-Burnie


It is a location responsive mobile app designed to start outside Brixton Tube and walk through 2km of Brixton's streets ending up in Windrush Square

419 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8HE

SONGSTREETS is an interactive audio walk, run from an app downloaded onto your mobile phone, designed to be listened to via headphones.

Step 1: Download the mobile App called 'Aswarm XR' * from either :
- The Appstore (
- Google play ( .
- Note: to download & open the app may take 1-5mins depending on network & handset ( So ideally download on a fast broadband beforehand).

Step 2: Proceed to the 2 large trees just 30 yards to the right, on exiting Brixton Underground station and open SongStreets from within the AswarmXR app.

Step 3: The App will guide you on a walk from there and return you to nearby.

Duration: The entire piece is a gentle stroll taking 1 hr with seated breaks (2km), but it can be accessed in shorter sections (simply stop & restart the app from the next way-finding point shown on the apps' own live map).

( *Compatible with i-phone 9 or Android OS 10 and above.)

Nearest station: brixton


Wheelchair accessible
Level Access and Automatic Doors (or No Doors)
Mobility Impaired Walker
Assistance dogs welcome

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