Creative projects represent and celebrate black culture in Thamesmead this autumn

A community group has announced the five creative projects that will represent and celebrate black culture in Thamesmead this autumn.

The projects funded by the Black Culture Collective (BCC) include a film, an art club for kids and an exhibition that will be held at Woolwich Works.

The BCC panel, said: “The standard of applications received was high and we are pleased to be able to support five amazing projects. The diversity, depth and quality of the projects supported is a testament to the talent and amazing ideas that exist within our community.

“It’s wonderful to know that over the course of the next few months, as a direct result of our commissions, local residents from all walks of life will have an opportunity to take part in, or attend, a diverse range of educational creative activities and events that celebrate the history and experiences of African and Caribbean communities in Thamesmead and across the diaspora.”

One project is a short film by Comfort Adeneye titled It Takes a Town.

Set in the thick of the 2009 recession, the audience will follow 14-year-old Kwesi and 46-year-old Mike as their paths cross during an unlikely encounter.

The story encapsulates community, cross-generational communication, labour and faith.

Artist Holly Graham’s project ACTION! aims to research anti-racist community-led action in Thamesmead in the early 1990s.

The R.O.M.E.L. Foundation’s project was also commissioned and will be delivering a series of four exciting family-friendly events throughout Black History Month.

These immersive theatre experiences will celebrate and explore the rich and diverse culture and traditions of the Caribbean through storytelling, singing, dub poetry and music.

LPF Kiddies Club Access to Art Project and visual art exhibition Black In Full Colour were also commissioned.

Pictured: Holly Graham

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