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

The 2022 theme for African Heritage Month is Through Our Eyes: The Voices of African Nova Scotians’. This theme recognizes the long-standing history of people of African Descent in the development of Canada.

There are plenty of ways you can celebrate African Heritage Month with your family. 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. Check out the DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN Lights Display 

De-light-ful lights on winter nights! DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN is shining bright at The Memorial Library Building at Granville Park. The African Heritage Month Light Show will highlight three inspirational African Nova Scotian’s – Dr. Carrie Best, Burnley Allan “Rocky” Jones, and Portia White.

Hours: 6:00 pm – 10:45 pm nightly (during the month of February)
Where: Halifax Memorial Library Building
Website: https://downtownhalifax.ca/delightful
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownHalifax

2. Visit 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
Websitehttp://web1.bccnsweb.com
Facebook: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

3. African Heritage Month: Puppet Show

Halifax Libraries presents a puppet show in celebration of African Heritage Month – “Through Our Eyes: The Voices of African Nova Scotians”

When: Tuesday, February 22nd, and Friday, February 25th,2022
Time: 10:30 am- 11:30 am
Where: Online
Website: https://halifax.bibliocommons.com/events/