The province of Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities, dating back over 200 years.
The 2017 theme for African Heritage Month is “Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotians and the Next 150”. This theme honours past and present legacies of African Nova Scotians while looking forward to future greatness, as Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation. The 2017 theme also aligns with the global observance of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024 which focuses on three pillars: Recognition, Justice, and Development.
There are plenty of ways you can celebrate African Heritage Month with your family, from concerts and performances, to storytime and crafts. Since our list only provides a highlight of events, please consult the African Nova Scotia Affairs Office Calendar and the Halifax Public Libraries African Heritage Month page. This HRM page also has a list of events.
But from us, here are some ideas of how to celebrate this important month in Halifax with your family:
1. Visit the Africville Museum
Have you been here yet? If not, then now is the time. The Africville Museum stands as a testament to the strength of an African-Halagonian community that witnessed the destruction of their schools, homes and church to make way for industrial development in the 1960’s.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday – 10:00AM to 4:00pm
Where: 5795 Africville Rd, Halifax
2. Check out the Black Cultural Centre
The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia in Cherry Brook, Dartmouth, was created to protect, preserve and promote the history and culture of African Nova Scotians. Explore th rich history of African Nova Scotians at the museum, library and archives, with your family or group.
Monday- Friday –10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday – Open 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm June-September only
Sunday – Closed
Where: 10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook, N.S. B2Z 1A8
Phone: 902-434-6223 Toll Free: 1-800-465-0767 (North America)
Facebook: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia Facebook
3. Find a Song at The Library
All are welcomed to join us in an intimate evening of sharing by African Nova Scotian singer/songwriters. This is a rare opportunity to hear their inspirations and creative processes. Our celebrated singer/song writers are Cyndi Cain, MAJE, Owen Lee , hosted by Delvina Bernard. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.
When: Tuesday, 7th February, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen St; Halifax
Contact: Shelley Fashan: 902-488-6355, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Lift Every Voice: The Gala Performance Music Showcase
Presented by TD Bank Group and in partnership with African Nova Scotian Music Association, this Gala performance proudly presents a line-up of stars from our African Nova Scotian music community, including Owen “Sound” Lee, Sanctified Brothers, Lorraine Novelee Buchan, Universal Soul, and Chudi Harris-Eze. The evening promises to be good for the soul and to be a grand scale celebration of some amazing talent: a great way to celebrate African Heritage Month with your family.
5. Dueling Pianos at Pier 21
A Dueling Pianos Show is when piano players actually “duel” through music. Its history comes from the ragtime tradition when two players would take turns singing songs requested by the audience, competing to see who could play better and faster. This father-son performance is highlighted by interesting and amusing commentary about their own family relationship and their unique family history. It’s going to be quite the show: two grand pianos will be positioned in the middle of Kenneth C. Rowe Hall with seating surrounding the performers, creating an intimate and engaging audience venue. The show is FREE, and part of the TD Bank 2017 Black History Month series.
When: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
Where: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.