BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2020 PROGRAMMING

“HERE AND
NOW!”
The 29th edition of Black History Month is going to be both audacious
and energetic. From February 1 though the 29, the public is invited to get to
know Black culture in all its forms, as infused into all these shows,
exhibitions, conferences, and screenings. More than 150 cultural and social
activities themed around the achievements of Black communities will be in the
spotlight. “We’re witnessing the formation of amazing social movements around
the world. Young people’s voices are getting heard like never before. It’s time
to listen to them. They’re working to define their identities and there’s no
doubt that history can be instrumental in achieving that goal. Their voices are
shaping our future. This year’s theme, HERE AND NOW, is a call to action that
highlights the impact of our achievements. Let’s draw inspiration from the
youth’s commitment and its curiosity and open ourselves up to others and to new
discoveries throughout the Month,” said President Michael P. Farkas.

WE
RECOMMEND

BAROKAN –
Djely Tapa,
February
28 at Cabaret Lion d’Or A descendant of a long line of famous Malian griots,
singer Djely Tapa has been lighting up the Canadian music scene with her
outstanding repertoire, moving from Sahelian grooves to blues and electro
music.

Collectif
ELLES presents LEURS HISTOIRES
, February 14 and 15 at the Phi Centre 20 female Quebec artists
of African descent who have made their marks: actors, directors, producers,
screenwriters and writers will take part in exhibitions and panels.

30 YEARS
IN 1 NIGHT: Mind Soul & Spirit Concert,
February 8 at Evangel Pentecostal Church Montreal’s oldest
gospel radio show celebrates its 30th anniversary
on CKUT 90.3FM through a concert featuring gospel’s greatest voices.

Kenbe la,
Until We Win,
January
31 to February 13 at the Cinémathèque québécoise A film by Will Prosper shot
against stunning Haitian scenery and frozen Quebec landscapes. It follows the
inspiring life of Alain Philoctète, an artist and activist who, despite his
illness, dreamt of a permaculture project in Haiti. Presented by the NFB.

2nd
Edition of Afro Urban Fest
,
February 20-23 at Centre des Arts de la Maison d’Haïti This festival aims to
bring together artists of diverse origins who are involved with Afro-urban art
through various artistic disciplines: visual arts, film, comedy, music,
fashion, dance and literature.

Afro
Drag: Ancestors past, present & future,
February 21 at the Phi Centre

An interactive
theatrical journey drawing on ancestral knowledge of Black queer history. This
multimedia stage show will be full of music, dance and poetry.

TD SERIES
2
nd Edition of Arbre à Palabres, March 5 and 21 at Ausgang Plaza A unique,
authentic and enriching human experience blending traditional art, visual arts,
performing arts and immersive digital art, including a space for open debate.

Simone,
Half and Half,
February
22 at the Black Community Resource Centre The Black Theatre Workshop presents
the story of a teenage girl conflicted by her cultural identities: Canadian,
Quebecoise and Trinidadian.

Black
Conversations: #BlackAbundance,
February 22 at the Phi Centre A conference focused on
creativity, interpersonal connections and well-being. Inspiring creatives,
artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders. The Black Market store will offer
up a range of products made by young entrepreneurs.

12th Edition of Massimadi: Afro LGBTQ+
Film and Arts Festival,
February
20-29 at La Sala Rossa, the McCord Museum, Concordia’s J.A. de Sève Cinema, and
Maison d’Haïti

Gay-,
lesbian-, bisexual-, and transgender-themed films featuring members of Black
communities. Massimadi continues to innovate with a program where queer
Afro-descendant artists envision the future by digging into political,
migratory, social and environmental issues.

Nuits
d’Afrique Series,
February
6, 15, 23 and 29 at Club Balattou, Le National and Le Ministère Four shows
focused on Africa’s new generation of artists and spokespeople. These artists
bring us music that’s unassailably modern, but that also never rejects its
roots or traditions.

Gala
Dynastie,
February 18 at
Salon Urbain (pre-gala) and March 1 at Théâtre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts

Cultural,
entertainment, media and sports personalities from the English- and
French-speaking Black communities will come together for this grand celebration
honouring Black excellence!

Fade to
Black Festival,
February
21-23 at the BAnQ, MAI and Cinémathèque québécoise

Comedy, film
and discussions on the place of Black communities via the arts,
entrepreneurship and the professional environment.

MONNAIE
MONEY,
February 29 at
Oscar Peterson Concert Hall

This talent
contest aims to promote financial literacy among young people.

BEING
BLACK IN MONTREAL SERIES,
February
6, 13, 20 at CEDA & 27 at Musée McCord

Historical
panels that explore the prejudices we can’t shake, the arrival of Caribbean
domestic workers in Montreal, blackface in Quebec, and the reality of
indigenous African Americans.

Discover the
complete schedule for Black History Month at moishistoiredesnoirs.com.

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