"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