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