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African-Caribbean Centre 66-68 Osborne Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 5QH
Situated in Glasgowâ€™s Merchant City next to The 13th Note on Osborne Street, sits the discrete African Caribbean Centre (ACC). At first glance the bare exterior suggests that it is a deserted shop, but looks are deceiving. On a night when there is an event the venue is transformed into one of Glasgowâ€™s best kept secrets.
Founded in 2005 the African & Caribbean Network â€“ the umbrella body for up to 40 different African community groups in Glasgow â€“ set up the ACC in 2009 to establish THE African and Caribbean Centre for Cultural Heritage, Community Integration and Social Enterprise in the run up to Glasgowâ€™s 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Since re-opening after refurbishment in January 2011 â€“ marking the African Scottish peopleâ€™s contribution to the regeneration of a previously derelict building in the historic Merchant City area. The ACC has been showcasing and promoting the talents of a diverse range of musicians, DJs, fashion designers, playwrights, artists and dancers.
Sharing and experiencing new and different cultures is the main aim of the ACC. The name makes you assume that it is only African-Caribbean cultures that are being showcased, this is not the case. Anyone is welcome to share and promote their talents to the diverse demographics the centre attracts.
The ACC holds regular events, each offering a unique cultural experience. The venue itself consists of a main hall with a stage and bar and allows for a 300 capacity, there is also a basement with a bar and couches and usually food is available fitting with the music that is being played up stairs. Also the bar prices are reasonable.
The centre promotes a wide range musical genres form hip hop to dancehall, dub to dubstep and bashment to Gambian, Zimbabwean and Nigerian music genres. Each night sends out positive vibes no matter what the music is. Regularly the music showcased at the ACC is powered by the Mighty Bass Warrior Sound System; Glasgowâ€™s original Jamaican style sound system, above all the welcoming staff and audience are the main reasons for the positive vibes coming out of the ACC. The authenticity of the sound system and the urban atmosphere the venue has, come together and create a rare experience hard to find elsewhere in Glasgow.
The ACC has played host to some big artists such as from international legends like Marcia Griffiths and The Congos, to UK-based reggae and ska icons, Misty in Roots, Holly Cook and Prince Fatty, Dawn Penn, Dub Pistols and Macka B.
For a cultural experience and great music the African-Caribbean Centre provides on both levels. For upcoming events at the centre see their blog http://africancaribbeancentre.blogspot.co.uk/
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