Performing Diaspora


Performing Diaspora is a celebration of Africanist expressive culture at York University and in the neighbouring community at Jane and Finch (also known as Black Creek). Beginning with the commemoration of Black History month, this series of workshops, presentations, artist talks and community events serves as a catalyst to bring the university and community together to celebrate and engage with African and African Diaspora arts and culture.

Performing Diaspora is the innovative flagship project of The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples. Located at York University in the heart of Toronto’s African Diaspora communities, the Institute’s aim is to strengthen the understanding and leadership necessary to develop prosperous, harmonious multicultural communities.

Performing Diaspora’s wide range of events and activities will animate venues at York University and YorkGate Centre. This program will reveal, through the power of the performing arts, the history and culture of Africa and its Diaspora.

Performing Diaspora 2012

Community Engagement Performance

Grand Opening Performance

Workshop Series - Register Now

Final Performance


Previous editions

Performing Diaspora 2011

Performing Diaspora 2010

Performing Diaspora 2009 (with video)