7 virtual events to celebrate Black History Month in Calgary

Feb 1 2021, 7:32 pm

February 1 marks the start of Black History Month, a time to celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Black Canadians.

From performances to workshops to readings, Calgary is playing host to tons of events throughout the month of February.

Here are seven virtual events you can attend to safely celebrate Black History Month in Calgary.

Black History Month – Let’s Talk

What: Throughout February, the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts department will be hosting a series of virtual events to celebrate Black History Month. Topics include the value of Black literature and uncovering Black art history, and there’s also a panel on Black excellence.

When: February 1 to 28
Time: Varies depending on the event
Where: Online
Tickets: Free, register for each series online in advance

Nobody Knows my Name: Alberta, Black History, and the Legacy of “Bickersteth”

What: Join poet and author Bertrand Bickersteth as he pulls together pieces of Albertan, African, and personal history in this online event.

When: 6:30 pm on February 4
Where: Online
Tickets: Free, registration required

The Latest Research on Black Canadians’ Mental Health

What: What would the future of Calgary look like if the mental health of Black Canadians was actively promoted? Join U of C professor Dr. Regine Uwibereyeho King as she explores the idea and dives into what culturally relevant mental health services look like.

When: 7 pm on February 11
Where: Online
Tickets: Free, registration required

UNGANISHA: Explore. Connect. Dance.

What: Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre’s annual multidisciplinary show brings together differing genres of dance and explores their roots. This year’s production will screen online in two parts, and is a virtual re-imagination of the inaugural UNGANISHA show from 2018.

When: 6 pm on February 13 and 20
Where: Online
Tickets: $11.62 for Part 1 and $11.62 for Part 2

Story Cafe: The Black Experience – Journeys of a People

What: Join host and local playwright Maria Crooks for an evening of stories and music celebrating Black History Month. The virtual event is presented by Storytelling Alberta, and will feature a number of authors, poets, and musicians.

When: 7 pm on February 24
Where: Online via Storytelling Alberta’s social media channels
Tickets: Free, but donations are accepted

Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture – Global Online Edition

What: This annual celebration is a showcase of Afro Canadian and Caribbean heritage, culture, and traditions. The festival aims to promote leadership and inspire younger generations to express genuine versions of themselves through the lens of Afro-Canadian traditions.

When: 6 to 8 pm on February 26 and 27
Where: Streaming live via Facebook and YouTube
Tickets: Free

UNGANISHA – Script Reading of “Maybe”

What: Part of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre’s Black History Month programming, this live virtual performance follows a couple as they try to salvage their relationship and grieve the miscarriage of their baby.

When: 6 pm on February 27
Where: Online
Tickets: $10

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