Culture Matrix: Black Arts Festival

On Saturday, August 13th, 2022, BLM-S will be hosting Culture Matrix: Black Arts Festival in Downtown Sudbury. This community-based event will be hosted in collaboration with Up Here: Urban Arts Festival.

The all-ages programming will be split into three dynamic sections: healing (12-2 PM), kinship (2:30PM – 4:30PM), and celebration (7 PM-12PM)


Starting at 12  PM. — healing related-programming will curate spaces of wellness, healing, and critical dialogue through restorative activities such as group yoga rooted in cultural traditions facilitated by Brooke McLeod and hip hop healing which merges practices of mindfulness with poetry and music facilitated by Jermaine Henry.

Location: Outdoors on Durham St. 

Starting at 2:30 PM– kinship related programming will emphasize joy, care, and a sense of belonging through a community arts activity facilitated by Kayode Akande & Raven Debassige from Myths and Mirrors and a dance workshop facilitated by Tonye Iti.

Location: Outdoors on Durham St. 

All community members can participate in healing and kinship activities for free and will have access to complimentary coffee, treats, and refreshments.

Starting at 7 PM – Celebration related-programming will kick off with short-performances by Eva Karelle Kakou, Matthania Kouassi-Djan and  Cecilia Rodriguez-Beaudoin, followed by internationally-acclaimed performers including Bryden Gwiss, Pow-wow singer and Juno-nominee, Manny Dingo, Canadian performer and drag king, Naya Ali, Franco-Canadian rapper, and Haviah Mighty, Canadian rapper and Juno-award winning artist. 

Location: 27 Larch Street, Place des Arts.

  • This final portion of programming will be ticketed. Starting at $10 for Black, Indigenous, and POC  Youth (13-25 years old – PRESALE SPECIAL ONLY) and $20 for general admission. Youth 12 and under receive free admission. (There will be a small portion of tickets available at the gate as well, cash only). Culture Matrix and artist merch will be available as well. 

It is important for us to engage with our communities in many ways. We want to celebrate and thrive together. This event will uplift, center, and privilege Black, Indigenous, and racialized performers, artists, and facilitators, in a way Northern Ontario has never seen before.”

– Board of Directors, Black Lives Matter Sudbury

Thank you to our community supporters!

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