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Black History Month 2023

February 1 - February 28

Black History Month is a time to learn, honour and reflect upon the experience and future of Black communities in British Columbia and around the world. Here are some of the ways the creative industries are celebrating, amplifying stories, taking action through initiatives, and providing resources to unite and champion a diverse, equitable future for established and emerging creatives.

Events, Initiatives, Announcements
Root Dwellers Presents: Ndidi Cascade, Haleluya Hailu, Feven Kidane
February 17, 2023 at 7:00pm to 11:30pm

TELUS STORYHIVE Black Creators Edition Premiere
February 1, 2023
11 new film projects from STORYHIVE’s Black Creators Edition will premiere on TELUS Optik TV Channel 707 and YouTube February 1, 2023 on February 1, including dramas, comedies, documentaries and more. The remaining projects will launch in August 2023.

Vancouver Mural Festival Winter Arts – Pretty in Black
February 19, 2023
Pretty In Black will show you the joy, warmth, and talent of Black artists in the Lower Mainland. You’ll get an eclectic variety of acoustic artists, MC’s, bands and a DJ. Featuring: Silent St. J, Rahael, Bukola, Floetic, Lowkita, Adewolf, Missy D, AHSIA. Curated by: Kentya Kurban, Roaming Performers: Viva Entertainment, and Additional Programming: Bar, Cafe, Food Trucks, Market Vendors, Art Installations, UV Face Paint & Sparkle Station

Playback presents its 2022 Best of the Year picks, names Black Screen Office Changemaker Organization of the Year
Changemaker Organization of the Year goes to the Black Screen Office, led by executive director and co-founder Joan Jenkinson, for inspiring meaningful change with its revolutionary research and data findings.

Black History and Heritage Day
February 11, 2023 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Take this opportunity to meet and talk with direct descendants about their stories and family history. The exhibits include images, artifacts, and archival documents.

Out of the Sun: On Black History and Storytelling 
February 16, 2023 5:00 to 7:00 pm
A conversation with bestselling Canadian author, novelist, essayist, Esi Edugyan, is noted for writing “richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race and belonging”.

Celebrate the Power and Joy of Music at the Belfry
February 26, 2023 7:00pm to 9:00 pm
BC Black History Awareness Society is thrilled to stage these two exciting performances, Noedy HD Quartet and Sadé Awele with the Serengeti Band.

Students, educators in Metro Vancouver celebrate 2nd annual Black Excellence Day
Ahead of the 30th anniversary of Canada’s Black History Month, the B.C.-based Ninandotoo Society anti-racism society in the province celebrated the second annual Black Excellence Day on Friday January 15th, 2023.

National Film Board of Canada “Creating to Express Yourself”
The NFB celebrates Black creativity throughout February and year-round / NFB marks Black History Month with “Creating to Express Yourself,” a series of online and in-person activities

Black Screen Office – Being Seen
Black Screen Office – Being Counted
Black Screen Office – Being Heard
BSO-DGC Black Women Directors Accelerator
Black Screen Office Workforce Career Accelerator
Creative People Directories
Black-owned Bookstores in Canada + the US by Rocky Mountain Books
Black History Month at VIFF

Black Screen Office
Advance Music Canada
Vancouver Black Film Festival
BC Black History Awareness Society
Hogan’s Alley Society

Watch this space for all upcoming events, resources and initiatives that will be rolling out for the month of February.


February 1
February 28
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