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KUUMBA - 10 years! of celebrating African Heritage Month
at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto)
February 5 and 6, 2005 & February 12 and 13 , 2005
Information: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

This year's tenth anniversary edition of Kuumba at Harbourfront Centre celebrates African Heritage Month with two jam-packed weekends of music concerts and dance premieres, engaging and provocative readings and panels, a film series curated by the Get Reel Film Festival, a visual arts exhibition for families premiere as well as a variety of activities for families.

Kuumba begins on February 5 and February 6 and continues again on February 12 to February 13, 2005.
All events, except selected music concerts, are free admission. Kuumba program highlights below.

Dance - Three free admission new solo dance works (Blue by Lincoln Shand and works by Learie McNicolls and Ronald A Taylor) will premiere from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Studio Theatre on February 5 and 6. Created for the Kuumba Festival in partnership with Canboulay Dance Theatre and Kick up your Heels, three choreographers address an aspect of the male persona through dance. All three works also embrace Harbourfront Centre's concurrent HE theme based programming.

Music - Kuumba features acclaimed Jamaican Reggae vocalist/songwriter Junior Kelly performing an intimate Unplugged solo set intertwined with onstage discussions on February 5 (Tickets $20 at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office). Toronto Somali hip-hop artist K'naan officially launches his acclaimed debut CD The Dusty Foot Philosopher accompanied by The Love Movement on February 12 (Tickets $10 at Harbourfront Centre's Box Office). Free music concerts also occur TBA.

Literary, Spoken Word and Panels

A dynamic mix of spoken word and literary events occur throughout Kuumba including a free admission Spoken Word Slam on February 5 hosted by Dwayne Morgan and featuring some of Canada's best spoken word artists. On February 12, Kuumba officially launches the spoken word poetry collection T Dot Griot's: An Anthology of Toronto's Black Storytellers with some of the book's poets and writers reading excerpts from the book and newer works.

A number of provocative interactive panels like a Notorious BIG Tribute (featuring celebrated Vibe Magazine journalist and author Cheo Hodari Coker), a Fashionista panel featuring two African-Canadian supermodels, a panel entitled Whatís Love Got To Do With It: The State of Black Love in The New Millenium led by Anne-Marie Woods and a community/political hot button panel (featuring Norman "Otis" Richmond) called Saturday Afternoon Live: Community Think Tank ensure that Kuumba's tenth anniversary will be much talked about!

Visual Arts and Families:

The premiere of Toronto artist Michael Chambers' new photographic installation The Box creatively allows audiences to investigate the changing perceptions and receptions of his/her own cultural make-up and the new contemporary Canadian family. Children and families with also participate in creating their own box installations (Thursday February 3 to Sunday February 13).

Popular Toronto storyteller George Blake tells the Father's Tales of four fathers and sons. This magical journey comes complete with African and Caribbean Drumming, taking audiences rom a Kingís advice to his son the Prince, through to a Grandfather risking his life for the safety of his grandson. The free admission Fatherís Tales is presented in partnership with ZOOM! Family Sundays and takes place on Sunday February 6 and Sunday February 13 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

All Kuumba events are located at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto).

For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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Media Contact:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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