The Keskidee
(1971-1992)

Closed aged c. 21

The Keskidee Centre, or Keskidee Arts Centre, was Britain's first arts centre for the black community. Located at Gifford Street in Islington, near King's Cross in London, it was a project initiated in the early 1970s by Guyanese architect and cultural activist Oscar Abrams (who died on 15 February 1996 aged 58) to provide under one roof self-help and cultural activities for the local West Indian community. Its purpose-built facilities included a library, gallery, studios, theatre and restaurant. The centre became a hub for African and Afro-Caribbean politics and arts, and developed its own vibrant drama company that attracted both a black and white audience.

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The Keskidee 1971-1992 Britain's first arts and cultural centre for the Black community established here

Christ Apostolic Church, Gifford Street, N1, London, United Kingdom where it sited