Crab Island hall and studio
Crab Island is one of the nine districts of Banjul, capital city of The Gambia. The Crab Island Upper Basic School was established in 1957 under British colonial rule and could accommodate schoolchildren aged between 13 and 16. It became one of the best-known schools in the country, but was closed in 2012 because of the poor state of the buildings.
In 2020, the Ostend-Banjul city link received a European project grant for, among other things, the renovation of those school buildings.
The school is set to be transformed into a multifunctional site with room for a radio station, a music recording studio, a multifunctional concert hall, a multimedia lab and allotments. Environmentally-friendly bricks made of compressed clay dried by the sun will be used for the new part to be built. The former classrooms will be available for civil-society organisations and innovative initiatives with a social purpose.
The cultural component of Crab Island will mean an absolute added value to Banjul, which has no such concert space or recording studio.