Ottawa’s newly opened Afro Black Cultural Centre will host the Black History Month Music Arts Festival this month, kicking it off Friday with a series of live performances streamed from the centre’s Centretown location.
Founded by the Ottawa-area poet-musician-educator Wise Atangana, the centre at 365 Bank St. and festival are part of his larger vision to combat systemic racism through artistic expression.
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“Our festival is about how we use art and music to address systemic barriers, and to maintain mental health and well-being through the arts,” Atangana said. “That’s the focus.”
Equipped with aprofessional audio-video production studio and a collaborative workspace, thecentre will be a place where Black youths learn to use art and technology to create opportunities and deconstruct anti-Black racism.
The festival runs Feb. 5-19, with performances of drama, poetry, storytelling and music by local artists streamed daily from 4-6 p.m.
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