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Super Black: Online Festival

A celebration of African and Caribbean history and culture

Originally planned to take place in our building in March, our new online format of the ‘Super Black Festival’ celebrates black African and Caribbean history and culture.

New films and discussions will be released over autumn 2020, beginning with a three part exploration of the ingredients and dishes that are at the heart of Caribbean cuisine – led by Colchester resident and food enthusiast Yasmin Carr.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Jamaican Food History with Yasmin Carr

An exploration of the history of Caribbean cuisine. Led by Colchester resident and food enthusiast Yasmin Carr.

Jamaican Food Ingredients with Yasmin Carr: Part 1

Discover the ingredients used in Caribbean cuisine, with Colchester resident and food enthusiast Yasmin Carr – part one.

Jamaican Food Ingredients with Yasmin Carr: Part 2

Discover the ingredients used in Caribbean cuisine, with Colchester resident and food enthusiast Yasmin Carr – part two.

The Vanley Burke Archive

Vanley Burke is often described as the ‘Godfather of Black British Photography’. His iconic images have captured the evolving cultural landscape and social change, in the UK over the past four decades.

He is also an avid collector of material that provides invaluable insights into Britain’s African and Caribbean communities.

In this film, Vanley discusses objects from his vast archive that featured in Firstsite’s 2019 exhibitions ‘Elsa James: Black Girl Essex’ and ‘Super Black’, revealing their significance to Britain’s Caribbean communities.

In the kitchen with Simone and Yasmine

Simone McLean and Yasmin Carr cook traditional Jamaican dishes in the kitchen at S&S Caribbean Café in Colchester. In the film, they talk through the ingredients and cooking methods for making curried chicken and vegetable stew.

Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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