Celebrating Black Heritage Month on P.E.I. with music, dance, art

Published on February 7, 2017

Kendi Tarichia and Scott Parsons are members of the newly formed Black Culture Society of P.E.I., a not-for-profit group that is open to everyone interested in black culture. They’ve put together a list of events that will take place in Charlottetown during Black History Month in February.


The Black Cultural Society of P.E.I. has a number of activities planned for their second Black Heritage Month celebrations.

A number of Island organizations are back again, along with new partners, who want to assist the Society in recognizing and celebrating black history and culture on P.E.I.

The Confederation Centre’s Children’s Library brings back Baraka Family Arts & Crafts on Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. plus an opportunity for teens to explore this art form on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m
. Participants create mosaics with dried beans, grains and seeds, a common craft in some parts of Africa.

Scott Parsons will share his songs about P.E.I.’s black history, with special guest, Pepeto Pinto, steel drum and handpan musician, at the library on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

The Confed Centre Library will also host Black History Month Storytime on Feb. 21 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. On Feb. 22 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
, the library hosts a reading of “Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt” by Deborah Hopkinson, followed by an activity involving creating your own quilt patches out of paper.

Cinema Politica again signed on as a partner, alongside Island Media Arts Co-operative to screen “Ninth Floor,” a chronicle of a troubled chapter in Concordia University’s history where black students occupy the Hall building to protest institutionalized racism.

The Maritime Centre for African Dance and the Black Cultural Society present Mufaro Chakabuda, founder and CEO of the centre, leading a discussion on entrepreneurship at UPEI on Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

MCAD will offer Afro Dance Workshops on Feb. 11 at St. Paul’s Church, Charlottetown.
 No dance experience required. The 9 to 9:55 a.m. session is for 3-to-6-year-olds (moms can join too)
; from 10 to 11 a.m. for 7-to-12-year-olds; 
11 a.m.-12 p.m. for 13-18-year-olds; 
12:30-1:30 p.m. for mom and baby, and 
2-4 p.m. for an adult class. 
That evening, MCAD’s African Rhythm and Dance Night will allow guests a chance to experience African culture, African treats, entertainment and more. Admission is $20. To register or for details, email: admin@mcaafricancamps.com or call: 902-580-6653.

The UPEI Student Diversity Office, UPEI Writing Centre and the Black Cultural Society presents “Rants & Raves - Challenging Stereotypes” at The Wave as well as 
a creative writing workshop for young women on Feb. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m.

UPEI African Society’s AfroFusion night will be held Feb. 17 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at MacMillian Hall. Classic Afrobeat music will be provided by DJ Sheny. Cover charge is $10.

Upstreet Brewery has joined in this year to host a panel on “Blackness and Identity” on Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m
 followed by trivia from 8 to 10 p.m
. The Scott Parsons Band will be at Upstreet on Feb. 24 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. for a night of reggae and original dance tunes. Admission is by donation.