Kwanzaa Festival 2011

Ottawa Citizen Kwanzaa Video



December 10th – December 30th, 2011

The Ottawa Kwanzaa Festival is one of the largest indoor, non-religious cultural celebrations of its kind in the National Capital Region, attracting well over 400 people annually. Kwanzaa not only showcases the rich contribution and achievements that people of African descent have made, but also adds to the multicultural mosaic landscape of the National Capital Region of which Ottawa is a model example.

This being the 11th anniversary, we will be holding a three day festival in the form of an Ujamaa Market day on Saturday, December 10th,  an Official Opening Ceremony and  Lighting of the Kinara  on Monday, December 26th and the grand finale,  the  Community Kwanzaa Celebration on Friday, December 30th at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is a partner and host venue of our celebration this year, as we seek to welcome over 600 participants from the National Capital Region and beyond.    Kwanzaa is an auspicious occasion for celebrating the importance of family, community and culture. It is a time to celebrate and recognize the pride which we all bring to making our community rich and vibrant.

Join us on December 30th in the magnificent grand hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization for a spectacular evening of fun, music, dance and cultural sharing for the whole family.

 Get your tickets now!

As space is limited we strongly recommend you purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets*: $25 Adults, $20 Students and CMC Members, $15 Children 12 and under – Available at the Museum Box Office, or by calling 819 776-7000 (service charges apply). Taxes not included.

Ottawa Kwanzaa Greetings from Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson

Video Greetings from Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre

Kwanzaa on CTV Morning Show

EMC News –Kwanzaa

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

Ujamaa Market


As the season of gifting approaches please support entrepreneurs in your local area. Come out to the Ujamaa Market Day, be entertained by children and youth while perusing some of the many products and services being offered at this one-of-a-kind market. Ujamaa Market Day – promoting economic development by supporting local and community businesses in the National Capital Region.

Join us as a vendor or as a shopper. Let’s build our economic future together!

Kwanzaa Lighting Ceremony

Monday, Dec.26th.
5:00pm – 7:00PM
Bronson Centre (Mac Hall)

Join us as we mark the first day of kwanzaa with the lighting of the kinara and the viewing of the Black Candle Movie. 
The Black Candle is the  first feature film on Kwanzaa, that traces the Holiday’s growth  out of the 1960’s to its present-day reality as a global, African centered cultural celebration embraced by 40 millions celebrants
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Kwanzaa Community Celebration

Friday, Dec.30th. 6pm – 9PM
Canadian Museum Of Civilization


Tickets: $25 (adults) $20 (seniors and youth) $15 (children 12 and under)
To purchase you ticket please call 819 776-7000 and 613-567-0600