Kuumba – Celebrating Black History Month at Toronto’s Harbourfront

Each February, communities across the country take part in events to honour and explore the heritage, traditions and culture of Black Canadians during Black History Month.

In Toronto, the longest-running Black History Month celebration is the Kuumba Festival. Kuumba takes its name from the Swahili word for “creativity”. The festival takes on vital issues facing Toronto’s Black community.



Kuumba showcases the diversity of Black History by programming films, family activities, dance, music and exhibitions that encompass the entire black Diaspora. We want to showcase the contributions of African descendants from around the world, including the Americas, Caribbean and Africa.

kuumba Toronto 2018

“The history of the Black community is one of resistance, resilience, social justice, freedom, hope and love, and for some Canadians that history is still a part of their everyday life,” explains Laura McLeod. “Our goal is that Kuumba 2018 will continue the festival’s legacy as a forum for challenging perceptions, shaping conversations and providing learning opportunities designed to strengthen our understanding and appreciation for our fellow Canadians”.

Kuumba Event Details

When: February 3 to 24 2018
Where: Harbourfront Centre
Address: 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8
Cost: Free with paid activities
Website: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/kuumba

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