African Heritage Month kicks off today, Feb. 2, in Cumberland County and will provide a number of fun-filled activities for all ages. The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA) has created a program to honour the community and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of African Heritage Month. “The celebration of 25 years has given CANSA the opportunity to work closely with the municipality of Cumberland and other various community partners to recognize the achievements of the African Nova Scotian,” said Elizabeth Cooke-Sumbu, CANSA executive director. The spirit of the celebration will revolve around musical performances. With the African Children’s Choir performing Sunday, Feb. 1, a festival of choirs taking place Saturday, Feb. 7, the Ruddick Family variety show on Saturday, Feb. 21 and an Imani (Faith) concert rounding out the month on Friday, Feb. 27. “It is important to commemorate and recognize the contributions people of African descent have made to the province,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “These events give community members a chance to interact and discover African culture and heritage.” This year will be the first time all the towns in the municipality gather to celebrate heritage month. “The community-wide events are a significant milestone,” said Ms. Cooke-Sumbu. “Our coming together bridges the relationship between people of African descent and the communities they live in.” Cumberland municipality includes the African Nova Scotian communities of Springhill, Joggins and Amherst. For information on African Heritage Month and a list of events being held provincewide, visit the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa or call the events line at 902-424-3482.