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5. Ekabo: Yuroba family day
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Kids & Youth representation during CELAFI'97 were critical participatory programming components within each of the festival/conference artistic discipline: Storytelling by adults and youth, craft-making, dance, theatre, musical performances and workshops provided unique bonding and educational experiences.


This group of 20 dancers ranging from 13 – 19, reflects the spirit of resistance and continual empowerment that we pass on to our youth.  Matsimela means “Roots” in Sesatha, one of the languages spoken in South Africa. Their repertoire includes Farburundi means Dance a vibrant dance that embraces the joyous the mineworkers of contemporary South Africa who inspired it. I spirit inherent in traditional dance of the Sou Sou people of the Republic of Guinea. The Mineworkers Hails the mineworkers of contemporary South Africa who inspired it.  I Am Ancient Afrika, a chant in tradition ‘call and response’, brings us full circle as the youth look back with pride and confidence at the unrecognized contribution of their ancestors to civilization.


As part of the NCA exhibit, The works of art students from major college and university programs across the U.S were showcased.  This exhibit focused on the innovative young people and the diversity of their work from paintings to quilts and prints. 


NCA Student Juried Show included: 

Sharon Minor-King

Goergette Parnell

Denga McKanta

Toni Chipenda

Sandra Ford

Selma Gless Varnette

Yvonne Cutching

Cynthia potter

Albert Shore

Bernard Cully

Paul Goodnight

Earl Jackson

Frank Frazer

Honey Wood

Michelle Woods

THINK - Theatre In A New Key

THINK is a community based theatre group in New  York and composed of talented Black youth ranging from 13 to 21 years of age. Under the direction of Dale Byam, THINK has developed from community theatre workshop to an exciting repertory company with individual members conducting independent theatre workshops throughout the city. The core members of the company are Broadway veterans and are very excited about bringing The Chalk Circle to Toronto as part of Celebrating African Identity.


Award-winning youth showcase traditional, classical, jazz and gospel music.


Performances by the next generation of artists:

Stewart Goodyear

Kunle Owolabi

Kala Owolabi

Youth Outreach Mass Choir


In the spirit of Celebrating Africa Identity, NCA also displayed works by elders that spoke  to that theme.


Participants included: 

Jack Jordan

William Bing Davis

Marg Burroughs

Claude Clark

Elizabeth Catlett

Lois May Jones

Murray Depillars

Ernie Crushlow



July, 1992


This unique bus tour visited specific sites that are a testimony to the presence, achievements and contributions of African-Canadians in the city of Toronto. Points of historical interest include:

Toronto's oldest established church, and the site of one of Canada's first black owned newspapers.

3 hour bus tour included opportunities to shop and dine.


Programmer: Rose Mary Sadler, Founder

Ontario Black History Society

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Suite Life: Links And Changes


Studio Theatre, Harbourfront & Young Peoples Theatre

July 12 & 13, 1997

Under the Mentorship of Denese Matthews, Dancer/Singer/Actor and Coach: Arlene Duncan, Singer/Actor, 17 Youths collaborated to: write, and perform - Dance, Theatre, Song, Percussion their original  production of Suite Life: Links And Changes;

Director, Programmer: Denise Matthews

Coach: Arlene Duncan

Who Is In the Rabbit's House

Who is in Rabbit's House

Dance Interactive (Kids Dance Theatre)

Ann Tindale Stage at Harbourfront


This drama is an inventive adaptation of an Masai tale about a demanding, short-tempered, possessive rabbit whose house has been taken over by an intruder. It is a new-music dramatization in Swahili and English customer in vibrant expressive masks, and staged against a Swahili village backdrop. 

The Story Book Hut

The Story Book Hut

Celebration Theatre at Harbourfront Centre
Saturday, July 12, 2-6pm,

Programmed in association with Harbourfront Centre and the Yoruba Community Association -  2 days of performance by various storytellers, capturing youthful audience with their colourful stories and melodious song. kids can get involved with many of the segments, including Yoruba folktales.

Child's Play

Child's Play

HarbourFront Grounds

July 12, 1997

Child's Play, ritual African face painting, clowning and other activities

CELAFI Activities Volunteers

All God's Children Wear Traveling Shoes

All God's Children Wear Traveling Shoes

Bethel Worship Centre
Sunday, July 13, 11am, Bethel Worship Centre

The launch of the African Canadian Storytellers Group, worship and stories with the congregation at Bethel Worship Centre, with Tellers Rita Cox and George Blake.


Sculpture Court at Harbourfront Centre
July 11 - 13,

A multi-disciplinary art  exhibit  by children ages 8 - 12 from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. This exhibition is the result of a quest undertaken to gain understanding and knowledge of each other through the sharing and examination of their personal and unique cultural celebration.

Teacher/ Programmer: Grecia Mayers

Tam Tam Jam


July 13, 1997

Canadian Shorts, Phat Phlix

Canadian Shorts, Phat Phlix

Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Sunday, July 13, 6-8pm

Experimental Film and Video works by aspiring young filmmakers

Programmer: Derek Bascom

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