About the East Oxford Community Centre
Please note: The centre is now closed for redevelopment
East Oxford Community Centre is home to the East Oxford Community Association, The Phoenix Lounge Bar, Fusion Arts Centre, Oxford Green Print and The Oxford Action Resource Centre, OXPOTS, BK.Luwo, ACKHI
Regular activities range from yoga to lindy hop to Friday prayer.
Main downstairs hall
The main downstairs hall can seat 80 people or hold up to 120 standing (measuring 14x7m). The kitchen is adjacent and can be added to the booking. A bar is also available.
Main upstairs hall
This hall has a soft dance floor and mirrors that make it popular with exercise and dance classes. It can seat up to 70 people or hold up to 100 standing (measuring 14x7m).
The lounge is popular for small events, group meetings and gatherings. It can seat up to 50 people or hold up to 100 standing (measuring 8.5x8m). The bar is also available to book with the lounge.
The centre hosts an industrial kitchen that can be used for training purposes (measuring 4x9m).
Community bar available for one-off events
The Community Bar can be added to any booking both for bar and catering services.
The centre is open from Monday to Sunday from 9.00am to 11.00pm.
Oxford City Council is redeveloping the centre to provide more flexible space behind the familiar frontage on Cowley Road and a new, highly energy-efficient extension.
The redevelopment aims to create a sustainable, cultural hub that can be used by a broader community – helping celebrate local diversity, heritage and cultural identity.
The centre needs to be redeveloped because the ageing buildings on the site are no longer usable. Additionally, others on the site are near the end of their useful life and require significant repairs.
The project will see the Oxfordshire Chinese Community & Advice Centre (OCCAC) and the Fusion Arts buildings demolished and replaced with a new three-storey building featuring purpose-built flexible community space and office space.
The old school building will be refurbished to create a new kitchen and new toilets. It will also have more flexible community spaces.
The redevelopment plans follow from a public consultation which showed that the community wanted a fully redeveloped centre. You’ll find more information about the redevelopment on the City Council’s website.