Africa Month 2023


Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland City Centre

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Saturday 6 May 2023 - Sunday 18 June 2023


Africa Month Collage

Africa is everywhere; Africa is all of us.

Enjoy a packed lineup of talented artists with strong connections to Africa, dance, markets, food, and a chance to immerse yourself in all things Africa.

A celebration of Afrikan cultures here in Tamaki Makaurau for everyone to enjoy!

Hula Fit Dance Classes: 7, 14, 21 & 28 May, 6.15pm-7.15pm

Hula Fit is a dance style created by instructor Tina Bonsu that mixes Polynesian and Afrobeat dance styles and music that represents her cultural background (Cook Island Ghanaian).

In celebration of Africa Month, this mini-series of classes are free and open to all! To ensure there is enough space at the venue for you to move and groove, please register via Eventbrite.

Egyptian Cooking Demo: 20 May, 11am-1pm

In this cooking demo, you'll look at spice blends, ingredient preparation and the history behind the facilitator's favourite Egyptian food/s.

Registration is essential; register via Eventbrite.

Rituals Installation: 20 May - 18 June, 10am-12pm

Healing and the need to heal is an inevitability in life. In this art show, Black/African creatives explore how the imagination can be a source of healing and how imagined rituals can be a source for ongoing acts of healing.

Please follow Black Creatives Aotearoa on Facebook and Instagram for correct viewing times.

'Black to the Future' Zine Launch: 25 May - 8 June, 8am-5pm

Black to the Future, our inaugural magazine (zine) will reflect one of the first printed collections of Black Literature in Aotearoa. It will accompany a book display featuring Black authors at the Central City Library.

The theme is the power of the future for Afro-Kiwis in Aotearoa, focusing on different genres and ideas of blackness, as it is important to showcase our intracultural diversity.

The Zine aims to support Black people by giving their voices the same respect and safe spaces to affirm and celebrate their culture, which they might not have been given before.

The zine will be free to collect from the Centre.

Black Ink Book Display | Central City Library: 1-31 May, 9am-5pm

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower and humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a person. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” ― Chimamanda Adichie

Africa and the Diaspora have long, rich histories and stories which capture all aspects of being human. From epic love stories, chilling thrillers, biographic odysseys, empowering children's stories, and more. Alongside the BCA wider community, we have curated a collection of books that will start or restart you on a journey of essential readings from Africa and the Diaspora.

This book display will be available to view during the Central City Library opening hours.

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