This year Brixton Design Trail is exploring what it means to live in the heart of Europe’s most diverse city, and celebrating togetherness with the theme We Belong.

What does it mean to be living in our inner city melting pot in 2018 Britain?

To be an island of Remainers in a sea of Leave? To be bearing the brunt of Austerity? To be the living, breathing embodiment of pretty much everything Middle England and the Left Behind miss out on, or fear?

What does it mean when pavements paved with gold are also home to sleeping bags and calls to alms more redolent of far flung and fled wars?

And with so much at stake, with society’s issues looming larger than they have for a generation, what role does creativity play?

Is it marginal frippery or vital perspective? Is it waste of time, or can it be rallying cry?

Because despite it all, despite the grind, the contradiction, doublethink we somehow make living in our relentless, expensive, wearing yet wonderful world work, don’t we?

We dance and laugh and draw and paint; we gather and we get along.

We Belong.

In high-rise flats and cul-de-sacs we work out what is right and what is wrong.

And We Belong.

The heart of this great city beats at many bpm;

We party on.

And We Belong.

In Albion.

In Babylon.

Time’s Up, #MeToo, LGBTI and Q.

Post-Savile citizens of every hue.

Rees-Mogg, Johnson, we see you.

Stark bollock naked, makes us spew.

But us? We are the many, not the few, and guess what? We don’t think that:

We.

Owe.

You.

We dance and laugh and draw and paint; we gather and we get along.

We see the common ground and organise.

And we get strong.

Together.

Even as we yearn for different lives.

In Babylon.

In Albion.

In Brixton.

We Belong.