Search

Islington’s Black History Month celebrates Keskidee Centre

12:00 01 October 2011

Keskidee pictured in 1975

Keskidee pictured in 1975

Archant

»Art and film events celebrating black culture and the famous Keskidee Centre are planned during a bumper four-week festival.

Keskidee Centre history

- Founded in 1971 by Guyanese-born Oscar Abrams and his fellow trustees, the Keskidee took its name from a singing Caribbean bird.

- The Keskidee became known for its thriving theatre productions and political rallies on topics such as Rhodesia.

It offered legal advice and classes in literacy, typing, cookey, photography, painting and pottery.

- The centre featured in Bob Marley’s 1978 Is this Love video which starred a young Naomi Campbell

- The Keskidee Centre closed because of diminished funding and growing debts in the early 1980s

- A permanent memorial in the form of a green plaque was unveiled at the Keskidee site by Tottenham MP David Lammy in April this year

Islington’s Black History Month, which runs throughout October, features a film festival, exhibitions, literary talks, poetry and performances.

The artistic theme pays homage to the former Keskidee Centre in Gifford Street, Islington, which was Britain’s first art and cultural centre for black people.

Unique

The final festival event will be held on the site in Gifford Street, which is now occupied by the Christ Apostolic Church.

The event between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday October 27 will celebrate its legacy.

Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, Keskidee educational officer, said: “It was unique. There was nowhere else that you could find that kind of ambience to nurture creativity.”

Black History Month events include an online photographic exhibition Our City Through a Lens at the Almeida Theatre in Almeida Street, Islington, hosted by community group Parents 4 Parents and charting the life journeys of black residents.

A marketing event at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday October 6 between 8.30am and 1pm will offer advice on starting a business.

Drama students from Islington Arts and Media School in Turle Road will stage a performance on Thursday, October 13, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm based on black innovation in civil rights and arts.

There will be a premiere of American film Traces of Trade, which documents the legacy of the largest slave trading family in the US, on Saturday, October 15, at King’s Place in King’s Cross between 2pm and 4pm, .

Cllr Catherine West, the leader of Islington Council said: “The festival showcases the extensive influence black artists and entrepreneurs have had on life in Islington.

“From writers to business people, musicians to educators, black culture is intrinsically part of Islington culture. It’s a shared history that enriches our community.Islington BME Forum have arranged a diverse and inspirational programme. I hope residents will take part whatever their background.”

Latest Islington News Stories

14:27
Over 200 people showed up to the launch of French Tech London on April 13

Tech City is the third largest technology hub in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep. Each week, we bring you news from the thriving area around Old Street Roundabout. This week Tom Dare chats to Albin Serviant, Coordinator of French Tech London - an initiative set up by the French government to give technology start-ups a helping hand.

Yesterday, 17:28
The mayoral election winner will take over from Boris at City Hall (PA)

The polling stations for the 2016 London mayoral election close at 10pm tonight. Wondering what time the winner the mayoral election 2016 will be announced?

Yesterday, 14:38
Islington Boat Club

Amanda Corcoran, of Islington Boat Club, thinks older people are ignored in the water sport world. It is why she set up a new club which gets over-50s on to Regent’s Canal – for free.

Yesterday, 14:00
Age UK Islington Future Matters volunteers

It may not be a typical topic of conversation between strangers, but next week Islington residents are being invited to talk about death and dying over a cup of tea.

Yesterday, 12:28
Highbury residents are concerned that the comedy festival could result in anti-social behaviour, a loss of amenities, damage to the park infrastructure and is too close to the children's playground

Homeowners around Highbury Fields have not seen the funny side of plans to hold a comedy event in the park later this year.

Yesterday, 11:10
Makzhumi Abukar

A gang of “heartless” Holloway and Finsbury Park conmen have been jailed for a combined 19 years after fleecing pensioners of their life savings in a £1million fraud.

Yesterday, 09:05
The question and answer panel at Tuesday's Islington's safer schools roadshow included police officers, youth councillors and Highbury Grove School headteacher Tom Sherrington, centre. Picture: James Morris

Highbury Grove School has expelled pupils from Years 7 and 8 for carrying knives, Islington’s first safer schools roadshow heard.

Wed, 15:22
Julia Cheng, founder of House of Absolute. Picture: Vladmir Gruev

For a 13th successive year, Breakin’ Convention, the UK’s biggest hip-hop dance theatre festival, returned to Sadler’s Wells at the weekend. James Morris spoke to one performer, Julia Cheng, and found out her 15-minute piece required 15 days of preparation.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe