KUUMBA 20th Anniversary - TD Then & Now - February 6-8, 2015

Journey with us to the near and distant future on the 20th anniversary of Kuumba! This year we explore Afrofuturism, a vibrant and historic cultural aesthetic that has and continues to shape art, music, fashion, literature, film and much more. Make your own lens through which to see the future, or find out what it will look like for artists, filmmakers and musicians from Toronto and abroad.

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

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Curatorial Statement

In celebration of Black History Month, Harbourfront Centre examines Afro-Canadian culture through futuristic lenses at Kuumba 2015. Guided by our year-long Big Idea of 'Seven Generations,' which looks ahead to the legacy being shaped today, the 20th anniversary edition of Kuumba explores the future of Afro-Canadian culture through the art and artists representing the next wave.

Afrofuturism is one lens through which a range of artists, writers and thinkers have looked ahead. Most often associated with the sci-fi writing of Octavia E. Butler, films such as John Sayles's Brother From Another Planet, the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the musical explorations of Sun Ra, Afrofuturism casts an alternative, Afrocentric glance at the future. Kuumba 2015 will showcase the contemporary culture through this Afrofuturistic perspective.

The artists showcased at Kuumba carry a heavy responsibility. They forge a path upon which the next generation will walk. Ever mindful of their forbearers, they are defining both present and future.

Looking ahead, we establish the point from which we can embark on our journey into the future. We do so through fresh, forward-thinking music, dance and film programming that showcases the artists pointing the way; with discussions that examine Afrofuturism from a variety of artistic angles; and with family-friendly activities that raise important questions and inspire new ways of thinking about yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Sergio Elmir, Artistic Associate
Jonathan Campbell, Artistic Associate

Acknowledgements

Marah Braye

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Cultural Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Head of Events, Cultural Engagement & Activation

Diana Webley

Senior Project Coordinator/Artistic Associate, Cultural Engagement and Activation

Sergio Elmir

Artistic Associate, Lead

Jonathan Campbell

Artistic Associate

Arzu Abbasova

Administrative Coordinator

Carley Gallant

Administrative Assistant, Events

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Shanlee Jackson

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2015 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. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who for 35 years have worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
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