The Black-E’s location is at the heart of a diverse community. The Black-E may sit in Liverpool – but our work impacts the North West, UK (including Ireland) and we have been a global influencer for nearly 50 years.
Even before the COVID19 pandemic, we were at the heart of an economically deprived area within a place that is beset by health inequalities. This included reduced life expectancy and higher rates of mental health issues and people living with long-term health conditions.
We are a proud people, and Liverpool and the region are more than statistics on deprivation. However it is important to recognise that our community and our relevance is made more important because, for many years Liverpool has been one of the most deprived of 317 local authority areas in England.
We know from the Government’s* own data that people of Asian heritage, followed by Black people are least likely to report taking part in the arts.
In 2018 to 2019, 77.4% (the most recent available figures) of people aged 16 and over took part in the arts (like going to an exhibition or performing in a play) at least once in the past year this figure has generally been stable since 2012 to 2013.
The highest percentage of people (at 88.7%), who reported taking part in the arts, were of mixed ethnicity. This may be linked to age – which means that coming out of COVID19 – we cannot afford to be complacent. As participation in the arts is impacted by competing financial priorities and demands that increase with age e.g. caring for family, relatives etc
The Black-E’s mission, in delivering activity in support of the levelling up agenda is to attract back to Liverpool the generations of Black and ethnic minority artists and cultural practitioners who left Liverpool. Liverpool’s cultural economy and the future growth of our region is dependent on creating space for the return of artists and practitioners. The Black-E is already doing this, through robust recruitment and creating a national/global focus.
The Black-E is located just downhill of the Anglican Cathedral, on Great George Street, Liverpool L1 5EW, approximately 5 minutes walk from the city centre.
It is close to Lime Street Station, Central Station, and several car parks. The main entrance is situated at the junction of Great George Street and Nelson Street. The Black-E stands beside the Chinese arch which leads through to Europe’s oldest Chinatown.
Directions from M62:
From the end of the motorway follow signs for the city centre and cathedrals, approximately 3 miles. Turn left at the Metropolitan Cathedral and head past the Everyman Theatre and Philharmonic Hall, both on the left of Hope Street. Turn Right when you get to the Anglican Cathedral and after 0.5 miles turn left and you have arrived at the Black-E.
The nearest car park is ECP by the Philharmonic Hall on Caledonia Street. This is approximately a 15 minute walk to the Black-E. There is also on-street pay & display parking around the City centre.
- Lime Street and Central stations are a 15 minute walk away.
- For timetable information call 0871 200 22 33.
- Arriva buses 82 and 82A link Great George Street with Liverpool city centre and Lime Street station.
- Other buses that stop nearby are:
- If you get lost ask for the Chinese arch and we are located next to it. For public transport information go to www.merseytravel.gov.uk Merseylink 0151 709 1929