5 Ways to Celebrate African Heritage Month With Your Family

African History Month

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The province of Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities, dating back over 400 years.

The 2018 theme for African Heritage Month is “Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community”. This theme honours past and present legacies of African Nova Scotians and their long legacy of uniting a passion that has provided a base to educate and celebrate an important part of Nova Scotia’s Culture and Heritage.

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.

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 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: 5795 Africville Rd, Halifax
Phone:  902-455-6558
Website: http://africvillemuseum.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfricvilleMuseum?fref=ts

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 – Friday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 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)
Email: contact@bccns.com
Facebook: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia Facebook
Twitter: @BCC_NS

3. African Heritage Month Opening Night

Presented by TD and the HRM Public Libraries, this annual opening night community celebration launches African Heritage Month in Halifax. The ceremony will feature musical entertainment, special guests and a reception following the official program.

When: Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen St, Halifax
Website: Halifax Public Libraries – African Heritage Month Opening Night

4. NS Mass Choir Presents ‘A Celebration in Song’

Presented by TD and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, ‘A Celebration in Song’ is a special performance in celebration of African Heritage Month. This multi-cultural community gospel choir sings to promote racial harmony and peace.

When: February 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm/7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: various Halifax Public Libraries
Website: Halifax Public Libraries – A Celebration in Song

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.

When: Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
Where: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax
Phone: 902-425-7770
Website: www.pier21.ca
RSVP: Eventbrite

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