Want to know who’s pushing boundaries in London right now? Make way for NSF Crxss Platfxrm, a festival dedicated to today’s under-the-radar street cultures that’s taking over Peckham’s Copeland Gallery with music, art, film, dance, fashion and tech by emerging artists. The whole thing is curated Peckham native Ivan Blackstock, an artist and hip hop choreographer who’s worked with the likes of Dizzee Rascal.
Each night offers a line-up of performances from international and London-based artists, alongside exhibitions and film screenings. On Friday, catch sharp choreography from freestyle popping crew AIM Collective and tunes from Afrobeat artist Wavy The Creator, whose music is properly making waves in Nigeria right now. On Saturday, there’s rapper Lord Apex, the self-titled ‘Kate Bush of grime’ MIC (The Master of Inane Conversation), spoken word artist Isaiah Hull (who has already supported Kate Tempest and Skepta) and Ukrainian dance duo Liza Riabinina and Kate Luzan who fuse vogueing, contortion and hip hop in their performances.
Over the weekend, pieces by textile artist and ‘disruptive embroideress’ Nicole Chui, French visual artists Quentin Deronzier, street artist Karimah Hassan and more are on display. If you want to meet artists on the rise, this is where you’ll find them. See them now, before they blow-up in 2020.
NSF Crxss Platfxrm takes place at Copeland Gallery from Fri Nov 8-Sat Nov 9. Tickets start at £10.
Find more great things to do in London this month with our November guide.
Find out more about Peckham with our guide to SE15.
Images: Ivan Blackstock by Hanna Hillier photo; CRXSS PLATFXRM x Dance Umbrella 2018 by Camilla Greenwell.