Kuumba (koo-oom-bah) is the Swahili word for creativity. It’s also Harbourfront Centre’s Black History Month celebration that educates, enlivens and entertains with local and international artists from the African and Caribbean Diaspora.
This year’s Kuumba festival, presented by TD, features two exciting weekends dedicated to the remembrance of important people and events in Black history.
The Black in History weekend (February 5-6) commemorates both the history and the future of Black culture, while the Carnival on Mas weekend (February 12-13) celebrates the art, history and energy of Caribbean culture.
Festival highlights include the Voices from Days of Slavery exhibit featuring the audio testimonials of former slaves, the thought-provoking play Man2Man exploring Black male sexuality, a hilarious Ebony & Ivory Comedy Bash ($15) pitting White and Black comedians against each other, and a high-energy Beat the Street Dance Showdown ($10) featuring Toronto’s hottest street dance teams.
The grand re-opening of Miss Lou’s Room will also be a highlight for kids and their families. Little ones can gather and listen to some of Toronto’s best storytellers weave tall tales of adventure, mystery and intrigue with fabled Anancy stories (Caribbean folk tales).
Festival attendees can also meet some of their favourite CBC radio and television personalities while on site, as Kuumba is proudly supported by CBC Toronto.
This winter, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that questions the BIG iDEA of witness. Visit Harbourfront the first two weekends in February to witness Black history through audio installations, visual arts, theatre, dance workshops, film screenings, music, comedy, family activities and more.
All events are free (unless otherwise stated) and take place at Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/kuumba.