A multidisciplinary festival dedicated to celebrating and serving Edmonton’s Black artists, Black Arts Matter is a reminder of what growth is possible when we choose truth, community, and art.

BAM! is generously sponsored by the Edmonton Community Foundation. 

 

BLACK ARTS MATTER (BAM! ): OPENING

Thursday, February 9 at 7pm in the Westbury Theatre
We out here! Black Arts Matter opens with high energy, conscious rhymes and the fusion of Hip Hop and West African dance.

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Or, take advantage of our Pay What you Will program – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.


POEMCEES CYPHER featuring BRETT MILES

Friday, February 10 at 10pm in the Backstage Theatre
Featuring: Mustafa Rafiq, Moto, Muta, KazMega, Ahmed Knowmadic & Brett Miles
A night where we return to the foundations. The root and richness of hip hop and jazz.

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Or, take advantage of our Pay What you Will program – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.


YOGI-DANCE: GET FREE WITH CHARLENE

Saturday, February 11 at 12pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby
A workshop for all ages and levels
An Afro-Caribbean dance & yoga fusion class. A space where sweat and laughter are encouraged.

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Or, take advantage of our Pay What you Will program – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.


YOUNG LUNGS: SPEAK THE WORD

Saturday, February 11 at 8:30pm in the Backstage Theatre
featuring Timiro Mohamed, Omar Farah, Zakiya Mubarak, Kimberly Ihekwoaba, Floyd Robert-Maduekwe, Jolanda Thomas, Mohamed Ahmed, Ardith Wilson, Althea Cunningham
A celebration of the spoken word, in all its forms.

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Or, take advantage of our Pay What you Will program – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.


AWAKEN: A F.U.B.U. Workshop Series

Monday, February 13 from 1pm – 6pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby

To Be Young, Muslim, and Black with Amal Issa & Kafia Yusuf
1pm – 1:45pm

This workshop will explore what it means to centre the black Muslim experience in challenging Islamophobia, and what happens when folks fail to take an intersectional approach.

Who tells our Stories: A Panel Discussion with Brnesh Berhe
2pm – 2:45pm
This panel discussion will focus on addressing what we want and need from the media, what our responsibilities are in telling our stories, and what avenues exist to get those stories out.

Writing Honest Poems with Brandon Wint
3pm – 3:45pm
Brandon will lead participants on a personal exploration of why and how they value the practice and experience of writing, and how those values shape their ideas of what it means to write poetry in an honest way. Additionally, Brandon will share the few techniques that are fundamental to his own writing practice. This accessible, engaging and heart-felt workshop will help writers represent their lived experiences in a life-affirming, honest, creative and poetic way.

Marketing While Black with Jesse Lipscombe
4pm – 4:45pm
This workshop will focus on the business and marketing aspects for following your passion.

Playwright’s Masterclass with Cheryl Foggo
5pm – 6pm
A masterclass led by award-winning Canadian playwright Cheryl Foggo.

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Or, take advantage of our Pay What you Will program – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.


BLACK GIRL MAGIC

Thursday, February 16 at 10pm in the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby
featuring Ann Bernice Thomas, Reakash Walters, Nasra Adem, Ashanti “Karimah” Marshall, Mpoe Mogale, Helen Belay, Shima Robinson, Medgine Mathurin, Lynda Bulimo, MelAfrique

An interdisciplinary celebration of the resilient magic of Black women.

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Or, take advantage of our Pay What you Will program – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.


WE GON BE ALRIGHT: CLOSING PERFORMANCE

Sunday, February 19 at 8:30pm in the Westbury Theatre
We gon be alright. Come join the party.

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Or, take advantage of our Pay What you Will program – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.