African Heritage Month 2020

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

The 2020 theme for African Heritage Month is “The Ties That Bind – Faith, Family, Community”. This theme recognizes the essential traits that sustain the strength, resiliency, and togetherness of the African Nova Scotian community

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, for a full listing of events.

But from us, here are some ideas on how to celebrate this important month in Halifax with your family: (Click on each heading for more information)

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 – 1:00 pm
Where: 5795 Africville Rd, Halifax
Phone:  902-455-6558

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 the rich history of African Nova Scotians at the museum, library and archives, with your family or group.

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm/ Saturday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (June to September)
Where:  10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook, NS
Phone: 902-434-6223
Facebook: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

3. 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 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: various Halifax Public Libraries
Website: Halifax Public Libraries – A Celebration in Song

4. African Heritage Month: Puppet Cantata

The ‘Beyond Imagination Puppet Crew’ proudly presents ‘A Puppet Cantata’ in celebration of African Heritage Month. This powerful storytelling is brought to life with their amazing rod, glove and string puppets.

When: February 13th, February 22nd, and March 14th, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Various HRM Libraries (refer to website for locations)

5. Djembe Drums with Dr. Henry Bishop

Celebrate African Heritage Month with a FREE hands-on educational rhythmic experience with Dr. Henry Bishop at the Alderney Gate Public Library. Learn rhythms and grooves with Artist, Musician, Educator, and Humanitarian, Dr. Henry Bishop.

When: Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Alderney Gate Public Library