Islington arts centre for black community celebrated

Dancers, historians and former members celebrated Britain’s first arts and cultural centre for the black community.

Creative Islington, the BME forum and the council honoured the Keskidee Centre on Thursday at the Christ Apostolic Church in Gifford Street where it was based.

The Keskidee Centre, founded in 1971, was known for thriving theatre productions and political rallies.

Historian Alan Dein talked about Keskidee during the celebration event while Islington youth group Amberleigh performed African dance.

Katy Fattuhi, from Creative Islington, said: “We reanimated the centre that has such an important place in Islington’s history. It was a special night.”

The event closed Islington’s Black History Month which included exhibitions, literary talks, poetry and performances.