(Victoria African and Caribbean Cultural Society)

February is here, and it is officially Black History Month!

“From our first governor, James Douglas, to the first black woman elected to a legislature in Canada, Rosemary Brown, to the first black speaker in Canada, Emery Barnes, British Columbia’s history is black history,” states B.C. Premier John Horgan.

“At a time when so many across the world preach intolerance, and seek to drive people apart, it has never been more important to remember that we are stronger when we stand together.

“This Black History Month I urge everyone in British Columbia to take the time to consider how our province has been changed for the better through the efforts of black British Columbians, and to reflect on how our communities are made stronger by diversity.”

Check out these incredible events

Now that you’ve kicked off Black History month with the ISSAMBA show hosted by AfriCa-Fest Canada and Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society, we’re here to tell you how else you can celebrate and participate in the conversation!

1. African Rhythms Collective: Exclusive Drumming workshop 

Add some classic African rhythm to your life with this week-long exclusive drumming workshop, where you’ll have a chance to jam out with world-famous African-initiated Djembefola and/or Dundunfola.

Experience the healing powers of African beats with featured guest teacher, Adama Bilorou Dembele – acclaimed in 2001 as the best drummer of his generation. You can choose bring your own drums or reserve one in advance!

  • When: Tuesday, February 6th – Monday, February 12th, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Where: CDI College, 950 King Rd
  • Admission: $50/2 hours; Click here to purchase your tickets.

2. A Woman of Purpose: Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

Come watch the epic story of Michaëlle Jean – Governor General of Canada in 2005, who was transported back to her native country, Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake ruined so many lives.

Jean dedicated her life’s work to promoting social change and international diplomacy, so in her honour, the post-screening discussion will initiate a conversation about The Canadian International Decade Strategic Action Plan: 2017 – 2024.

  • When: Thursday, February 15th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Where: École Victor-Brodeur, 637 Head Street
  • Admission: Free

3. Community Recognition and Closing Gala

Finally, engage in one last treat as the month ends, and join AfriCa-Fest Canada and the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society in a night of of entertainment, food, music, and information.

The Black History Month closing gala invites every Canadian to come recognize the Black legacy and celebrate the past, present, and future of black Canadian experiences in our country.

  • When: Saturday, 24th February, 6:30 PM – 12:30 AM
  • Where: Cedar Hill Recreation Center, 3220 Cedar Hill Road
  • Admission: $30/person. Click here to purchase your tickets