BOLO Business Podcast Season 1 Guest : Zerritha Brown

Episode 1, Guest Profile, Season 1

Zerritha Brown: Championing Culture and Community in Camden

Zerritha Brown, a dynamic force in the cultural landscape, wears many hats: Cultural Producer, Arts Manager, and Leader. Her journey is a testament to creativity, community engagement, and unwavering commitment. Let’s delve into the remarkable life of this trailblazer who now serves as the Head of Culture for Camden.

Musical Roots

Zerritha’s love for music runs deep. Her father, one of the Trojan Records session musicians, arrived in the UK in the early ’70s to promote reggae music. Growing up surrounded by the rhythms and soulful melodies, Zerritha developed an innate connection to music. Reggae, house, and ’80s classics transport her to happy places, linking her to youth, friends, and family.

Career Path: From Wembley to Camden

Over the last two decades, Zerritha has left an indelible mark on the cultural scene. Her journey began at Brent Council, where she led cultural initiatives. As the Cultural Operations Manager, she oversaw the artistic and operational management of the new £10 million flagship library, museum, and cultural center. During the 2012 London Olympics, Zerritha orchestrated the borough’s Cultural Olympiad program and played a pivotal role in implementing the Olympic torch relay route and community engagement activations.

Rise to Head of Culture

Zerritha’s ascent continued as she championed culture in Brent. She spearheaded the production of the Brent 2020 No Bass Like Home digital archive and online festival, capturing the borough’s rich reggae history through community stories. Her work extended to the Windrush 70 exhibition, a heritage project celebrating the contributions of the Windrush community in Brent. Through these projects, Zerritha bridged gaps, increased trust, and showcased Brent’s culture to a national and global audience.

Breaking Barriers

Zerritha’s achievements are even more remarkable considering she is one of the few female heads of Culture and a trailblazing Black leader. Her advocacy extends beyond art for art’s sake. She understands that culture plays a vital role in civic pride, community cohesion, and individual well-being. Zerritha actively embeds culture in the day-to-day work of colleagues across various departments, fostering a holistic approach to community engagement.

Legacy of Windrush

Zerritha’s commitment to the Windrush legacy is unwavering. As the Artistic Director of the Windrush 70 program, she celebrates the contributions of the Windrush generation. Through exhibitions, events, and community collaborations, Zerritha ensures their stories resonate with audiences today.

Mentorship and Lasting Impact

Beyond her official roles, Zerritha is a mentor, empowering emerging artists and cultural leaders. Her passion lies in creating deep and meaningful engagement that leaves a lasting imprint. She actively participates in professional networks, sharing her knowledge and advocating for equality and access.

Zerritha Brown’s journey is a symphony of creativity, community, and culture. As Head of Culture for Camden, she continues to orchestrate transformative experiences, ensuring that art thrives at the heart of our communities.

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