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"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. Come for three days of FREE events, including music, film, panel discussions, and more!

Events will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.

An Evening with Dwayne Morgan

8:00pm –10:30pm

Dwayne Morgan will release Everyday Excellence, an inspirational memoir, as part of the Harbourfront Centre's Kuumba festivities, followed by an evening of soul music and spoken word performance.

Music

Late Night Kuumba Films: The Story of Lover's Rock

10:00pm –12:00am

Directed by award-winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz, The Story of Lover's Rock combines comedy, live performance, interviews and archival footage to shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. In partnership with CaribbeanTales Film Festival.

Film

Kuumba Drumming Circles

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Learn the history of various drums and the numerous sounds they make. Bring your own hand drums to join in on the experience!

Family

Learning

Music

Labrish and Lime: Stories of our Ancestors

1:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of tales that celebrate our ancestors with storytellers Itah Sadu (pictured) and Sandra Whiting.

Family

Learning

Kuumba Marketplace

1:00pm –11:00pm

Come down to the Kuumba Marketplace to shop and find the best bargains in the city.

Family

Shopping

The Known Unknown: Top 10 Emerging Artists Unplugged Edition

2:00pm – 8:00pm

An unplugged and intimate showcase featuring some of the best urban music stars of tomorrow. A different artist takes the stage every hour. Hosted by Tika Simone.

Music

Kuumba Drumming Circles

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Learn the history of various drums and the numerous sounds they make. Bring your own hand drums to join in on the experience!

Family

Learning

Music

Afrofusion with Esie Mensah

3:00pm

Learn how to create a fusion of styles with no boundaries allowing a new style of dance to emerge. Facilitated by Esie Mensah.

Dance

Learning

Labrish and Lime: Stories of our Ancestors

3:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of tales that celebrate our ancestors with storytellers Itah Sadu (pictured) and Sandra Whiting.

Family

Learning

Oware: African Board Game Lessons and Tournament

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Learn to play the hugely popular traditional board game Oware, the oldest African board game still widely played in the world today!

Family

Learning

Kuumba Urban/Hip Hop Dance Workshop

4:00pm

Instructor Tristan Robinson will teach a raw, hip hop-style of dance that's aggressive and energetic for all ages to enjoy.

Dance

Learning

Kuumba Reggae Dance Workshop

5:00pm

Tazz's passion for dance is contagious! Her choreographic style is influenced by the dancehall culture, which she'll teach during this high-energy reggae dance workshop.

Dance

Learning

Word Up!!! Spoken Word and Performance Workshop

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Word Up!!! is a fun and interactive workshop for youth ages 16-25 who have an interest in writing spoken word/poetry and performance. Hosted by Anne-Marie Woods (pictured).

Learning

Kuumba Contemporary Dance Workshop

6:00pm

Join us for an invigorating contemporary dance workshop taught by renown dancer and choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe.

Dance

Learning

Kuumba Hair Show, Film Screening and Panel Discussion

7:00pm – 9:00pm

At the Kuumba 2013 Hair Showcase, we capture the essence of black hair in ways that will have you falling in love with yourself all over again. You don't want to miss this show where our textures tell our story.

Film

Learning

Lectures

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