KUUMBA - TD Then & Now - February 7-9, 2014

We appreciate the patrons, participating artists and media presenters who braved the cold to make Kuumba 2014 one of our best festivals yet. Thanks for including Harbourfront Centre as a part of your TD Then & Now Black History Month celebrations!

Kuumba is the waterfront's longest-running Black History Month celebration that presents three days of music, comedy, dance, film, family activities and more that showcase the vitality of Toronto's African and Caribbean communities.

This event is part of the TD Then & Now Black History Month Series.

Curatorial Statement

"Kuumba" – the Swahili word for “creativity” – has become synonymous with showcasing the best local, national and international artists of African heritage at Harbourfront Centre during Black History Month.

This year, Kuumba will celebrate black identity, the future leaders of black Canadians that shape the city that we live in as well as the Canadian connection to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.

All Kuumba events celebrate the vitality of Toronto’s African and Caribbean communities, showcasing works by emerging and innovative Canadian and international artists. The Big IDEA within the three days of celebrating Kuumba is Legacy: what is the legacy you want to leave behind for your community and what will you be remembered for?

Through the Big IDEA of Legacy and the celebration of identity, Kuumba will challenge and address stereotypes while engaging the public to reflect on what the future has in store for today’s cultural scene.

— Diana Webley, Senior Artistic Associate


William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community and Educational Programmes

Diana Webley

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Ayesha Chatterjee

Head of Administration

Diana Webley

Artistic Associate, Lead

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator/Vendor Lead

Bridget Love

Administrative Assistant, Events

Brittney Filek-Gibson

Assistant Artistic Associate: Education, Family Programming & Events

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Shanlee Jackson

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff and volunteer teams. We extend our thanks to them all.
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