Spectacular concert celebrates CitySafe campaign
London Citizens launch 62 new “CitySafe Zones” set up by teenagers during “100 Days of Peace” as a lasting Olympic Legacy.
On Wednesday 24th October, 2000 young people from across London rocked the O2 Academy Brixton at a stunning celebration concert for CitySafe – a London Citizens campaign to tackle crime and rebuild community relationships.
The event, celebrating the work teenagers have done to create places of safety across London, combined music and entertainment with authentic politics.
Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee headlined an amazing concert and announced he would lead a CitySafe Roadshow with artists spreading the message of the campaign to schools across the capital. Vibe Squad, Mista Silva, Flava Kwamz, A Dot Comedian, DJ Afro B entertained the crowd – as did a vast array of talented young musicians and dancers.
An impressive list of VIP guests congratulated London Citizens and pledged to work with young people to create new CitySafe Havens:
- Dame Tessa Jowell MP praised London Citizens for creating a lasting Olympic legacy of peace through the 100 Days of Peace initiative.
- Fr Peter Smith, the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark offered to make St George’s Cathedral a CitySafe Haven.
- Sarah Boundy from South Eastern Railways announced that Lewisham and Hither Green will open as CitySafe stations.
- Even Mayor Boris Johnson made an appearance by video to say thank you to the young people for their hard work building CitySafe Zones and contributing to London’s reduced crime rate.
Metropolitan Police officers from across London attended the concert, with local heroes receiving “CitySafe Champions” Awards for helping teams of young people build relationships with shopkeepers and boost reporting of crime.
- Commander Christine Jones pledged to work with London Citizens to spread CitySafe across London, with local partneships between young people and Safer Neighbourhoods Teams.
- Sergeant Jack Rowlands spoke of the importance of CitySafe in building relationships on his beat in Brixton and Stockwell. Sgt Rowlands also announced the Stockwell Park Estate as the location of London’s 1st CitySafe housing office.
- Chief Inspector Tim Naughton from British Transport Police pledged his support to help open CitySafe stations across the capital.
The young people present went home with a new CitySafe Map of London, showing all 62 new CitySafe Zones. The map is available at map.citysafe.org.uk.
Since 2008, several more of the communities represented by London Citizens have lost young people to violent crime, including Bob Litambola in Newham, Martin Dinnegan in Finsbury Park, David Idowu in Southwark, Godwin Lawson and, most recently Junior Nkwelle, who was murdered on the Loughborough Estate, less than a mile from Brixton Academy. In memory of these young people, the CitySafe campaign has provided a practical and effective way for communities to come together to overcome violence.