The 2023 theme for African Heritage Month is  ‘Seas of Struggle: African Peoples from Shore to Shore,’ which recognizes the struggles people of African Descent face from the shores of Africa to the shores of Nova Scotia.

There are plenty of ways you can celebrate African Heritage Month with your family. Since our list only provides a highlight of family-friendly events, please consult the African Nova Scotia Affairs Office Calendar for a further 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. Attend the Flag Raising

There will be a special performance by Owen Lee at Grande Parade (weather permitting) at the  African Heritage Month flag raising on January 30th. Move indoors to Halifax Hall for a proclamation reading by Deputy Mayor Austin and light refreshments.

When: January 30, 2023
Time: 9:30 am
Where: Grand Parade Square and Halifax Hall
Website: www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/diversity-inclusion/african-nova-scotian-affairs/african-heritage-month

2. See City Hall Lit in Pan-African Colours

City Hall will be illuminated in black, green, red, and yellow in honour of African Heritage Month.
When: January 23 – 27, 2023 | February 18 – 21, 2023 | February 23 – 28, 2023
Where: City Hall
Website: www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/diversity-inclusion/african-nova-scotian-affairs/african-heritage-month

3. Visit the Africville Museum

The Museum, which is in a replica of the Seaview Baptist Church, shares stories of the community of Africville, the spirit of which lives on.

Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: 5795 Africville Road, Halifax NS
Website: https://africvillemuseum.org/

4. 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 light show features different seasonal and cultural themes including an African Heritage Month tribute that runs for the month of February.

Where: Halifax Memorial Library Building
Website: https://downtownhalifax.ca/delightful
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownHalifax

5. 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. Virtual tours are also available.

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where:  10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook, NS
Phone: 902-434-6223
Website: http://web1.bccnsweb.com
Facebook: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

6. Take in a film at the Halifax Black Film Festival

The 7th Halifax Black Film Festival will be held in-person from February 24-26, and online until the 28th. Various locations throughout the city will be hosting screenings, see a full film and location schedule online.

Date: February 24-28, 2023
Location: Online and in-person at Cineplex Park Lane
Website: www.halifaxblackfilm.com

7. Attend an Event at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax Public Libraries have loads of events scheduled to help you celebrate African Heritage Month. Visit their website to see a full list of events, locations and schedules.

Location: Various Halifax Libraries
Date: Throughout February
Website: www.halifax.bibliocommons.com/v2/events

8.  Celebrate African Heritage Month at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be celebrating African Heritage Month with two free events throughout the month of February: A calypso celebration on February 2nd and a film screening of Black Ice on February 21st.

Date: February 2nd and February 21st
Location: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Website: https://pier21.ca/events