Culture Matrix: Black Arts Festival goes Aug. 13 in downtown Sudbury

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Black Lives Matter – Sudbury will host Culture Matrix: Black Arts Festival, in downtown Sudbury on Aug. 13.

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The event will be held at the Up Here Square on Durham Street and Place Des Arts on Larch Street in collaboration with the Up Here Festival.

“It’s important for us to engage with our communities in many ways,” the board of directors for Black Lives Matter – Sudbury said in a statement. “We want to celebrate and thrive together. This event will uplift and center Black, Indigenous, and racialized artists and facilitators, in a way Northern Ontario has never seen before.”

The all-ages programming will be split into three sections: healing (noon to 2 p.m.), kinship (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.), and celebration (7 p.m. to midnight).

Community members can participate in healing and kinship activities for free and will have access to complimentary refreshments, Black Lives Matter – Sudbury noted. Programming will begin with Northern Ontario talent, followed by “acclaimed performers” such as Haviah Mighty, Naya Ali, and Prince Manny Dingo.

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Black Lives Matter – Sudbury is a non-profit organization :committed to fighting systemic racism in all of its forms, demanding that society and all levels of government address and fix the root causes of racism in all social institutions. In addition to fighting against anti-Blackness, we create spaces to build our community.”

Black Lives Matter – Canada is a national network that resources and supports grassroots Black liberation efforts from coast to coast to coast.

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