Brixton Pound launches electronic currency with a lively party at the Electric Brixton

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Last night saw the launch of the UK’s first local electronic currency and unveiling of the four new Brixton Pound notes.

The event took place at the Electric Brixton (that’s the Fridge in old money), and co-incided with the second birthday of the innovative scheme designed to encourage local trade and production.

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Inside the venue were stalls from local businesses, while local comedian Trevor Lock MC’d the event.

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Chuka Umunna – MP for Streatham & Shadow Minister for Small Business & Enterprise onstage.

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Josh Ryan Collins from the B£ team leads the crowd through a ‘Pay by Text’ live demo. And it all worked!

[Read more about the scheme here]

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Derrick Anderson, Lambeth Council CEO explains why the council still haven’t adopted the scheme.

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Charlie Waterhouse from the B£ team unveils the new notes.

Pop legend David Bowie, basketball superstar Luol Deng, black historian Len Garrison and the phenomenally brave WW2 British secret agent Violette Szabo were unveiled as the faces on the new Brixton Pound notes.

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

A young stage invader!

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Spoken word artist El Crisis onstage.

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

The fabulous James Pyke stormed the show with a lively set – see him again at our New Years Eve party at the Prince Albert!

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

Delicious cakes from Cafe Sitifis.

Launch of Brixton Pound new notes and electronic currency at the Electric Brixton (formerly the Fridge), Thurs 29th September 2011

That’s us DJing the night away – we’re back at the Albert tonight (Friday).

[Brixton Pound]

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