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Black Heritage Month

February 2017

Posted: Friday 3rd February 2017 15:12

The Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island (BCS PEI) is excited to announce activities planned for February 2017’s Black Heritage Month. This is their second year and they are excited to build upon what was accomplished in 2016.

"We had an incredible amount of support from local organizations on the Island, many of whom have partnered with us again. We also have a number of new partners who have been a privilege to work with. These new partner­ships demonstrate the need and desire to recognize and celebrate Black History and Culture on our Island," state the organizers.

Events at the Confederation Centre Public Library

The Confederation Centre Public Library has enthusiastically partnered with BCS PEI again this year to present a number of activities throughout the month of February.

BARAKA FAMILY ARTS & CRAFTS
The Children’s Library brings back Baraka Family Arts & Crafts. Families are invited to join the BCS PEI and create their own mosaics out of dried beans, grains and seeds, a common craft in some parts of Africa, Kenya and Malawi in particular.
Dates / Times:
Saturday, Febru­ary 4, 2:00pm - teens
Saturday, February 11, 10:00am -12 noon - children and families
More Information: Facebook event page

SCOTT PARSONS SHARES SONGS
Scott Parsons will share his songs about PEI’s Black History, with special guest, Pepeto Pinto, steel drum and handpan musician.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 18th, 2:00pm
More Information: Facebook event page

BLACK HERITAGE MONTH STORYTIME
A reading of Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson followed by creating our own quilt patches out of paper.
Dates / Times:
Tuesday, February 21, 1:30 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, February 22, 11:00 - 11:30am
More Information:Facebook event page

Location: Confederation Centre Public Library, Charlottetown
More information: contact the Library by phone at 902-368-4642 or by email

Events at the Upstreet Craft Brewery

Upstreet Craft Brewery has partnered with BCS PEI this year for the following events:

PANEL ON BLACKNESS AND IDENTITY / TRIVIA
Zain Esseghaier, Jessica Brimcombe, Islam Ahmed, Kendi Tarichia and Yvette Doucette will sit and talk about how identity varies and how it impacts them.
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:00 - 8:00pm; Followed by Trivia 8:00 - 10pm
More Information: Facebook event page

THE SCOTT PARSONS BAND: A NIGHT OF REGGAE AND ORIGINAL DANCE TUNES
Date / Time: Friday, Febuary 24th, 8:30 -10:30pm
Admission: by donation

Location: Upstreet Craft Brewing, 41 Allen St., Charlottetown
More information: contact Upstreet at 902-894-0543 or by email

African Dance Workshops and Dance Nights

AFRO DANCE WORKSHOPS
The Maritime Centre for African Dance (MCAD) and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada present Afro Dance Workshops (Afrobeats, drumming, Carribbean and more!). No dance experience required.
Date: Saturday, February 11
Location: St. Paul’s Church, 101 Prince Street, Charlottetown
Times:
9:00 - 9:55am - 3-6 year olds (mom’s can join too!)
10:00 - 11:00am - 7-12 year olds
11:00am -12 noon - 13-18 year olds
12:30 - 1:30pm - mom and baby
2:00 - 4:00pm - adult class (open to everyone!)
Admission: Student prices are available

AFRICAN RHTYTHM AND DANCE NIGHT
Experience African Culture -- Tasty African Treats, entertainment and more!
Date: Saturday, February 11
Location: St. Paul’s Church, 101 Prince Street, Charlottetown
Admission: $20

More Information / Registration: To register for the workshops or for details email MCAD.

AFRO FUSION NIGHT
The best of the best classic Afrobeat and more! Music by Dj Sheny. Everyone can attend. Drinks will NOT be served at the venue.
Date / Time: Friday, February 17, 10:00pm - 1:00am
LocationUPEI, MacMillian Hall
Admission: $10

Other Events

NINTH FLOOR FILM SCREENING
Cinema Politica and Island Media Arts Cooperative (IMAC) have partnered with BCS PEI to screen Ninth Floor by Nina Shum, a chronicle of a troubled chapter in Sir George Williams University's (now Concordia University) history where black students occupied a ninth floor computer lab to protest institutionalized racism in 1969.
Location/Date/Time - To be announced
More about the film

DISCUSSION ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Maritime Centre for African Dance and the Black Cultural Society of PEI present: Mufaro Chakabuda, founder and CEO of Maritime Centre for African Dance leading a discussion on Entrepreneurship.
Date and Time: Friday, February 10, 5:00pm
LocationUPEI, Room and building TBA
Admission: $5

RANTS & RAVES - CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES
UPEI Student Diversity Office, UPEI Writing Centre and the Black Cultural Society of PEI present this event
Date and Time: TBA
LocationThe Wave Student Pub, UPEI

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG WOMEN - INTERSECTIONALITY
A safe space to discuss who / what / when / where / why.
Date and Time: Monday, February 20, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Location: TBA
Registration required

More Information

For more information on these events, please contact BCS PEI by phone at 902-388-7517 or email,