Black Artists Network
Voices Black Theatre Ensemble

2017 African Heritage Month Events


Jim Shirley monotype print 1973

Sunday Feb 5, 2 pm

ART TALK In This Place: African Nova Scotian Visual Art History
Chester Arts Centre, 60 Queen Street, Chester

A talk on the past century of African Nova Scotian visual art history and achievement including an examination of the art and careers of craft artist Audrey Dear-Hesson (Hfx) – a 1951 graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art, folk artist Harold Cromwell (1919-2008 Weymouth Falls) and internationally exhibited contemporary painter Justin Augustine of Halifax. Includes power point presentation, video screening, and artist testimonials.


Admission: $15 at door – Open to public

Contact: Sheila Barret, Chester Arts Ctr |

Event sponsors: Donald Curley Lecture Series, Chester Arts Ctr,, Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia (BANNS)


Julian Covey ceramic sculpture 2016

Julian Covey ceramic sculpture 2016

Feb 11 – 27

New Notes in the Pattern—Recent works from the Black Artists Network
Paintings, photography, ceramic sculpture, woodcarving, digital painting, quilts

Chase Gallery, Public Archives of Nova Scotia
6061 University Ave., Halifax

Exhibition viewing times & Events

Mon–Sat 10 am – 4 pm | Wed 10 am – 8 pm, Sun closed
(Gallery also closed Saturday, Feb 18, Mon Feb 20 for the provincial Heritage Day holiday)

Sat Feb 25, 1-3 pm
Artist Celebration featuring a talk by exhibition curator David Woods, individual artists presentations and an artist market. Refreshments


  • Justin Augustine
  • Julian Covey
  • Anja Clyke
  • Jonathan Cromwell
  • Louise DeLisle
  • Michelle Flemming
  • Kyrel Fraser
  • Letitia Fraser
  • Angel Gannon
  • Clara Gough
  • Sylvia Hamilton
  • Fawn Logan-Young
  • WendieLee Poitras
  • Alex Thuku
  • Jasmine Wongus

– Curated by David Woods

Free admission to Exhibition and Artist Celebration

Contact: 902-430-3560 | |

Presented by The Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia (BANNS)



Cast and crew of Speaking In Tongues

Feb 17, 6:30 pm | Feb 18, 2 pm, 7 pm

Performance Concert: Speaking In Tongues: African Nova Scotian Storytellers
Winner Fringe Hit Award, 2016 Atlantic Fringe Festival
Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen St.

Four prominent African Nova Scotian storytellers bring tales from African Nova Scotia community, history and family life to the stage. The emphasis is on humour but each tale reveals important truths about life in Black communities across the province.


For the whole family – not to be missed!

Admission: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors – Open to public

Contact: 902-430-3560 |

Presented by Voices Black Theatre Ensemble & 2017 ReFringed Festival – Atlantic Fringe Festival


Feb 21 – 25

Once: Africville Stories

Provincial tour of the multiple award-winning play Once: Africville Stories, written and directed by David Woods.

Cast: Celeste Bernard, Nathan Simmons, David Woods and introducing Toronto-based contemporary dancer Miranda Liverpool. Musical accompaniment by Owen Lee.

Winner—George Elliott Clarke Literary Award (1998); Best Drama, Best Original Script Awards, 2015 Atlantic Fringe Festival


Performance Schedule

Tues Feb 21, 7 pm
Digby Regional High School Community Theatre 53 Mount St, Digby

Presented by Digby Black Education Committee
Contact: 902 250-0571 |

Wed Feb 22, 7 pm
Museum of Industry 143 N Foord St, Stellarton

Presented by Museum of Industry
Contact: 902 755-5425

Fri Feb 24, 7 pm
People’s Place Antigonish Town and County Library

283 Main Street, Antigonish
Presented by Antigonish Town and County Library
with support from the friends of Antigonish Town and County Library Society
Contact: 902 863-4276

Sat Feb 25, 8 pm
Cumming Hall Auditorium

Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus 62 Cumming St. Bible Hill, Truro
Presented by Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, NSCC Truro Campus
Contact: 902-893-5381 or 902-893-5378 |



Tickets available at venue doors only
$10 general admission (Ticket prices may vary at different venues. Please contact local presenters for final per venue ticket info)

Contact: 902 430-3560 | |


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