The Black-E

The Black-E (formerly The Blackie) - a combination of a contemporary arts centre with a community centre - was launched in 1968 as the U.K.'s first community arts project. The commitments made then remain the commitments today - to young people (offering, in the words of The Last Poets, "affection, protection, direction") - to a cultural programme emphasising participation and involvement ("do-ing" as well as "viewing") - to education (formal and informal) - and to quality of work with equality of provision.

Our home and base is the former Great George Street Congregational Chapel and originally derived its familiar name the Blackie (now the Black-E) as a shortened version of 'The Black Church' - a description of the Chapel in the 1960's covered with over a hundred years of inner-city smoke and grime. Although stone cleaned in the 1980s, the building still retains its name.

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LightNight at the Black-E

  • 19 May 2017 6-8pm

The Black-E hosts Rock Around the Clock, an evening of family friendly workshops and performances. Throughout the night be sure to look out for Cabaret From The Shadows
an international ensemble of artists specialising in an electrifying blend of clowning, music, comedy and dance.

Lantern Workshops, 17:00 –­ 19:00
Lantern making workshops for all ages in the Gallery space.

Family Circus Workshops, 18:00 –­ 20:00
Family-friendly circus and aerial workshops for all levels followed by a 20-minute aerial and silk performance by resident artists.

Mersey Swing Present: Lindy Hop and Charleston, 19:00 –­ 21:30
In dance, timing is everything: the best dance can make time stand still. Join Mersey Swing for 30-minute taster classes in Lindy Hop and Charleston every hour, plus a series of performances during the course of the evening.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


The Black-E
1 Great George Street
L1 5EW

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