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2018 Halton Freedom Festival

July 10, 2018 - September 1, 2018

The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) has just successfully completed its first year of Inclusivity events focusing on supporting the implementation of cultural history into the educational curriculum and public mind-set, and celebrating Canadian Black History contributors, cultures and community integration. Celebrate Halton's cultural history through dance, art, music, spoken word, historical literature, theatre and information/educational forums and workshops. We are intent to support Halton's potential in being a Cultural Capital within Canada.

It is the vision of the Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) to celebrate Halton's diverse cultures through Cultural Education, Cultural Enhancement and Cultural Entertainment.

All venues are open to the public and promote inclusivity. We are also collaborating with a number of community partners in presentations and workshops within schools and community centers throughout the year towards the implementation of cultural history into our educational systems.


For Vendors:

This is your opportunity to participate as a vendor in the 2018  Halton Freedom Festival, taking place from July 10th to September 1st within Halton Region communities. The HBHAS gladly invites food, community, commodity and cultural vendors for its August 4, 2018 Halton Freedom Celebration Festival. Click here for more information.

Click Here to download the Vendor Application.

For Artists:

HBHAS invites you to submit you art for the 2018 Art Exhibition (Emancipation/Freedom Celebration) taking place from July 10th through to September 1st. Click here for more information.

Committee Membership & Festival Volunteers:

The HBHAS is currently looking for members and volunteers to support our journey. Click here for more information.


"Community, Roots & Culture" Symposium

Art Gallery of Burlington,
1333 Lakeshore Rd.
Burlington, ON L7S 1A9

Date & Time:
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
6:30 - 9:30

Early Bird: $25
At Door w/Reservation: $30

Tickets Available May 1, 2018

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to purchase your ticket now.

Introducing: Leslie Lorraine McCurdy

"Actor, Playwright, Dancer, Choreographer, Singer, and Mentor; recipient of the 2014 and 2000 Mayor’s Awards for "Artist of the Year" and "Outstanding Performing Artist” of Windsor Ontario respectively, Bachelors of Fine Art in dance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan and former choreographer and teaching assistant to Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Presenting: Things My Fore Sisters Saw - a one-woman play, where you will meet four women of African Descent who affected change in Canada: Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave who was said to have burned down "half" of Montreal from whom we have the first slave narrative in North America; Rose Fortune, the first "policewoman" in North America who helped "freedom seekers" settle in Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia; Mary-Ann Shadd, the first North American woman to publish and edit a newspaper, amongst other things; and Viola Desmond who refused to give up a seat to segregation well before the celebrated Rosa Parks and who was recently named as the new face of the Canadian $10 bill. Experience the theatre production of how each of these women affected change in the Canada of their time and ours."

The Speakers' Symposium will include historical, genealogical, and cultural speakers, authors, music and spoken word plus a marketplace of historical book suppliers and community/cultural vendors.


I witnessed a performance that was beyond belief, completely mesmerizing, and almost indescribable in terms of the emotions it brought out in me…Ms. McCurdy’s performance is one of the most amazing, compelling and thoughtful that I have ever had the good fortune of witnessing…something to be experienced by everyone…one will walk away changed forever!

 Elizabeth A. Fellows, Birmingham, Michigan

HBHAS Halton Freedom Celebration Festival
Location: Spencer Smith Park in Burlington
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018
The HBHAS Halton Freedom Celebration Festival will be inclusive of exquisite music and dance acts, youth and children's events, artistic/musical and historical forums, and an extensive marketplace of cultural cuisine and memorabilia, historical and community literature and exceptional multi-culture ambiance .

HBHAS Emancipation Art Exhibit
Location: Halton Hills Cultural Centre in Georgetown
Date: July 10 - September 1, 2018
We will be presenting a HBHAS Emancipation Art Exhibit to take place at Halton Hills Cultural Centre in Georgetown, Ontario from July 10 to September 1st incorporating Canadian Artists' and Speaker presentations.

HBHAS invites you to take the journey with us!
See what a difference this multi- cultural experience can make in progressing the next generation.

This years success will enable the HBHAS to present educational, cultural and inclusivity development programs; further collaborations with Diversity, Heritage, Historical and Multi-cultural organizations and, research and promote local and Canadian Black history as a model to other cultural organizations wishing to do the same.

Please ... help fund this worthy project with a donation!

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