Delve into culture and community with these events that deliver and celebrate solidarity and social change through art.
Make It Awkward Inclusivity Summit | February 1–3
The Westin Edmonton | 10135-100 St.
This three-day inclusivity summit is a unique opportunity geared towards informing and educating participants to become active “ambassadors of change.” With a diverse line-up of speakers, this engaging event will offer different perspectives on daily social and human-rights challenges, and give steps we can all take towards creating a more equitable society. You have to buy your ticket in advance, but a free live-streaming option will also be available.
Black Arts Matter | February 8–18
Arts Barns | 10330-84 Ave.
Coming into its second annual instalment, Black Arts Matter is an 11-day multi-disciplinary art festival celebrating Edmonton’s Black artists. As part of the Chinook Series, BAM poses itself as a festival within a festival that highlights the magic in Black and Indigenous art.
This year’s theme, “Solidarity through Art,” seeks to create a conversation by building connections between art, culture, and the people within it. Whether you’re a fan of hip-hop or Afrobeats music and dance, an artwork aficionado, a theatre buff, or a poetry enthusiast, this eclectic festival promises to celebrate the richness and versatility of collaborative Black art in all its different forms!
Black History Month at the Metro | Throughout February
Garneau Theatre | 8712-109 St.
Throughout February, Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre will bring back its annual curated line-up of Black films in commemoration of Black History Month. Come with friends or family, and expect a variety of films and documentaries that will educate you about history and celebrate the beauty of Blackness. Visit the Metro Cinema website for a complete list of films and showtimes.
5 Artists 1 Love | February 10 | 7 pm
Allard Hall | MacEwan University | 11104-104 Ave.
Take part in a one-night musical journey and discover how Black music has evolved over time from Africa to North America. This year’s event is a period piece titled “One Night in Harlem” that will explore the influential music and artistic expression spanning from 1922 to present day.
The show, now in its 12th year, historically highlights sounds from jazz to reggae, gospel, and contemporary influences. This year’s diverse line-up will deliver nothing short of a refreshing musical expedition that looks at artistic expression from three key international venues: The Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom, and the Apollo Theater.
AfroQuiz 2018 | February 24 | 12 pm |
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave.
Give your children a chance to have some fun and show off their trivia skills! This Jeopardy!-style event—hosted by the Council for Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH)—provides children and youth an opportunity to learn Black peoples’ contributions to both Canada and the world.
Entering its 26th iteration, this year’s theme, ”Immigration & Integration,” will explore Edmonton’s diverse communities. The event is free and every child will receive a book for taking part!
- –Collins Maina