Montreal, Wednesday, September 10, 2014.– The year 2014 marks a triple anniversary: the 10th edition of African Days, 25 years since the founding of the Centre Afrika, and the 80 year presence of the Society of Missionaries of Africa in Montreal. On this occasion, the Afrika Montréal exhibition highlights African culture and heritage. Commemoration, archives, photographs and works of art feature prominently from September 18, 2014 to February 1, 2015, at the Écomusée du fier monde.
The year 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of African Days. This festive event brings different African communities closer to one another, as well as to the population of Montreal as a whole. The Centre Afrika is at the root of African Days and celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is a resource and welcome centre open to all African communities, a unique organization in the neighbourhood’s community landscape. However, this African presence in Montreal dates all the way back to 1934. The arrival of the Society of Missionaries of Africa at the house on Saint-Hubert Street marks the beginning of a charitable endeavour that – for 80 years – has been inspiring us to know and love Africa.
Africa in Montreal
Combining history and art, this vibrant and colourful exhibition offers a chance to be immersed in the heart of Africa! Afrika Montréal traces the beginnings of a mission dedicated to the African continent, a land of untold mystery at the start of the 20th century. Among other things, you’ll see old photographs depicting missions from this period. You’ll notice the white Algerian tunics that members of the Society of Missionaries of Africa wear, from which they get their nickname the “White Fathers.” Archival documents are also exhibited, such as the reproduction of an 1881 map representing Africa without its present borders. You can likewise admire numerous works of African art. Ebony sculptures created by the Makonde punctuate the exhibition and bear witness to universal values. In moving through the exhibition, you’ll observe the transformations that have marked both Montreal and Africa over the years. Today, the African presence in Montreal manifests itself in many ways. It is a culture radiating through festivals and artistic events.
The Écomusée du fier monde invites you to travel back to the time of the Industrial Revolution! As a history and community museum, we encourage you to explore the history of labour and reflect on the social issues in the area. The Écomusée is situated in the former Généreux public bath, a magnificent example of 1920s architecture.
The Afrika Montréal project was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Museums Assistance Program through the Department of Canadian Heritage. This project also benefits from the financial support of the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal through the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.
Écomusée du fier monde
2050 Amherst Street
Berri-UQAM Metro Station
Wednesday: 11 am to 8 pm
Thursday/Friday: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Saturday/Sunday: 10:30 am to 5 pm
Student/senior/child over 6: $6
Family (2 adults, 3 children): $16
Informations: 514 528-8444 | ecomusee.qc.ca
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For more information, photographs and interviews:
Marie-Josée Lemaire-Caplette | 514 528-8444 | communications [at] ecomusee.qc [dot] ca
Source: Écomusée du fier monde