Monday, February 24, 2014.
For the capital’s black singles there are lots of exciting ideas to take
advantage of. If you’re looking for cultural dating locations to impress your
date, here are some of the best destinations around London at the moment.
dating for thespians
Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, London N1 6AH
set up in 1986 and today it’s one of the most successful Black theatre
companies in the UK. With productions from African classics to Oscar Wilde and
Shakespeare, the company prides itself on cultivating its audiences and ‘gives
a voice to black British experience’. Recent productions include Rum and
Coca-cola by the Trinidadian playwright Don Warrington, whose work is described
as ‘funny and politically acute’ - you may also recognise him from the
programmes Rising Damp and Doctor Who.
dating for history buffs
Cultural Archives 1 Othello Close, London SE11 4R
dating companion like to dabble in a bit of history? At the time of writing,
the team at the Black Cultural Archives are in the process of renovating and
moving into Raleigh Hall, a historic building in the centre of Brixton which is
soon to become the UK's first Black Heritage Centre. The centre, which will
open in 2012, is dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the experiences of
people of African and African-Caribbean descent in Britain. The collection at
the Black Cultural Archives includes around 10,000 documents, including
photographs, periodicals and letters, dating back five centuries.
dating for dance fans
Arts Centre Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green London N15 4RX
seminars, courses, and film screenings are just some of the cultural offerings
up for grabs at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, which is named after
the legendary black MP who was respected for his commitment to social justice
in the UK. This is a good dating spot if you or your date are into dance
performance – recent performances include Cerebro and Friends, a street dance
group, who are influenced by James Brown, Michael Jackson and the Electric
Boogaloos to name a few. If you’re after something a little more refined, the
Arts Centre has also been known to show performances by the popular Ballet
Black, a neo-classical ballet company for international dancers of black and
dating for arty types
Barge Belle, Hale Wharf, Ferry Lane, Tottenham, London N17 9NF
gallery is a ‘must see’ for lovers of modern and contemporary African and
Diaspora art, and is located on a converted long boat within the Upper Lee
Valley in North London. The gallery exhibits works from local amateur artists
and featured artists, as well as diverse art from all over Africa. Visiting the
gallery you will find work from generations of artists from African decent
whose art address issues ranging from cultural identity, to history and modernity.
If you’re a budding artist yourself you can even submit your own works for
review by a curator.