16. December 2017 - 19:00 till 21:00
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Black in Halifax Screening w/ Francesca Ekwuyasi | The Khyber Centre for the Arts | Saturday, 16. December 2017

Screening of Black in Halifax
7-9PM Saturday, December 16th 2017

Black in Halifax is a documentary series showcasing the stories and experiences of black people residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Through this project, I am interested in learning what blackness, belonging, community, and identity mean to the people that have chosen to participate.

Nova Scotia has a deep rooted history of black resilience, and this project wants to understand if and how black people - both from here (i.e African/Black Nova Scotians) and 'from away' find community with each other, what that community looks like, and how the intersection of their other identities speaks to their blackness and belonging. Ultimately, this project aims to showcase whatever stories the participants feel inclined to tell through photography and video interviews.

Collaborator Bio:
Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer, photographer, and art maker from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness and belonging.You may find her work in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Jalada/Transition Magazine Issue 05/123, Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine, as well as on her portfolio at ekwuyasi.com


Shaya Ishaq is an interdisciplinary designer, craftswoman, community organizer and DJ. Working with ceramics and textiles, she explores how these craft disciplines connect lives through culture, tradition, material and function. As a Kenyan-Canadian born into a legacy of weavers, Shaya is fascinated by fibre based techniques which enable storytelling in the craft traditions of her homeland.

Shaya's residency Black Libraries Matter: Collective Calls to Liberation is a collective attempt at envisioning liberation of the imagination through literature, solidarity, and the narratives of resilience woven through Black communities on Turtle Island. This residency will hold place for a crowdsourced library that is designed in a way that honours pan African legacy and will feature the contributions made by the community leaders, thinkers, artists, activists in Canada. The space is activated by the multiplicity of voices on this land connected by various questions and realities and will explore how craft and music intersect as a means of community building and gathering. What does it mean to assert that #BlackLivesMatter in Halifax? What does a Canadian afro-futuristic utopia that does not uphold anti Black violence look like?

This residency and series of public engagement opportunities is part of the 2017 KREAM program:

See here for full event schedule and more info on Shaya's project:


Venue Access Notes:
The Khyber Centre for the Arts - 1880 Hollis St. Halifax NS

The main entrance to the space is up 2-steps from the sidewalk on Hollis St,, however the entrance further down the block can be used for ground level wheelchair accessible entry with assistance before 6PM or after 6PM if arrangements are made. There is an all genders wheelchair accessible washroom (1 toilet – down the hall from space and to the right) and gender-neutral washroom stalls (3 toilets 1 urinal – up a set of 10 stairs from space and to the left).

Participating at events in the space is a privilege. Care for yourself and others. The Khyber has an Anti-Violence Policy and in procedure will not tolerate discrimination or violent acts, which includes but is not limited to: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphophia, queerphobia, fatphobia, ableist comments, sexual harassment and bullying. If at anytime you are made to feel unsafe, please let an employee or volunteer know at the event in person or through our on-call Khyber staff number (text/call us at 902.817.6620). Any concern brought to our attention will be taken seriously and addressed immediately.

Contact info@khyber.ca to make arrangements regarding venue accessibility or with any inquiry.
  • This looks absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately both Jill and I have a family dinner that night. Hope to drop by the space another time if that's a thing. xo