Toronto’s largest and longest running Black culture festival returns next month. KUUMBA, the month-long celebration will include live performances, spoken word, dance, film screenings and more. Here’s what to know.

Starting this February 2024, KUUMBA will kick off its festival celebrations, honouring Black culture, diversity and creativity through a vibrant collection of programming.

According to organizers, this year’s “future-focused,” festival will “capture the spirit of raising the voice, symbolizing the exhilaration of joyful expression.”

The Harbourfront Centre will be home to the festival’s spoken word, dance, and visual art exhibitions. This also includes film screenings and live performances by artists from Toronto and around the world.

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Canadian Queen of R&B Jully Black will grace the stage on February 17th, with special guest opener Aqyila. A New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas will also be in attendance on February 1st.

And you can also catch some of the best international breaking stars heading to the Paris 2024 Olympics. They will compete in a head-to-head breaking competition at the Rock Harder Breaking Competition, and you don’t want to miss that.

“Beyond offering thrilling programming for all to enjoy, we are committed to providing a platform to nurture meaningful conversations about the Black experience. KUUMBA 2024 will spotlight the boundless potential of the future in Black arts and culture,” said Iris Nemani, Chief Programming Officer, Harbourfront Centre.

KUUMBA will take place at several venues at the Harbourfront Centre from February 1st to 29th.

Registration and tickets are available online, in-person or by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at (416) 973-4000.

February is sure to be a busy month!

KUUMBA 2024

When: February 2024
Where: Harbourfront Centre