SAYASPORA is back with our annual anniversary signature event: DIASPORA SPEAKING!

Our editorial team is inviting you to DISCOVER, SHARE, LEARN and NETWORK, on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30 2017, from 6pm to 10 pm, at DIASPORA SPEAKING ; event that commemorates the second-year anniversary of SAYASPORA and aims to celebrate & showcase the inspiring work of emerging African creatives and entrepreneurs living in the diaspora.

The theme of this year’s event will be: “Two worlds apart: Bridging the Gap”. Therefore, for this second edition we hope to explore how the Diaspora can maintain meaningful connection with those on the continent and how the Diaspora can remain in touch with the realities of the continent moving past the objectification and romanticization of “home”.

6:30-7:30 PM
• PANEL – TWO WORLDS APART: BRIDGING THE GAP

Jackie Bagwiza
Co-Founder of The Commonground App an emerging knowledge and information networking mobile application that connects African students and those living in the diaspora across campuses.
www.commoungroundapp.com

Moses Mutabaruka
Rwandan-Canadian entrepreneur and community builder, Moses is the founder of The African Perspective Magazine (TAP). TAP is an online and print magazine that counters the often one-dimensional narratives of Africa and that proposes more nuanced, dynamic and complex narratives from the African perspective.
www.tapmagonline.com

Doro Saiz
Founder of Les Journées du Bénin & Co-owner of TALA : The African Leather Apparel. Entrepreneur, photographer, creative and community builder, Doro is a well-rounded individual based in Montreal. His latest project : Journée du Bénin, an annual 2-3 days event that showcases a new and vibrant image of Benin, its culture and its diaspora through conferences, art and entrepreneurship.
www.lesjournessdubenin.com

Soukayna
Moroccan-Canadian writer, curator and artist student in Art History and Film Studies and French Literature. As an artist, her main focus is to bring knowledge about the continent of Africa, especially Northern Africa, and discuss how the romanticization and fetishization of the continent is a topic that is still relevant today.

7:30-7:45 PM
• PERFORMANCE BY MOAHCITY
Montreal-based Cameroonian Saxophonist and vocalist.
https://soundcloud.com/moahcity • Moahcity

6:00-10:00 PM
• ART EXHIBITION BY AFRICAN & AFRO-DESCENDANTS CREATIVES

Michel Kamanzi, Ottawa, ON – @instadoode • Candice Pantin, Montreal, QC – I Like I Wear IG : @ilike.iwear • Ussi’ n Yala, Paris, France – Ussi’n Yala • ART BY REH, Montreal, QC – www.artbyreh.com – More to be announced!

• LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS HIGHLIGHT

Kisiwe• Fekhanti • Atelier APL • Checkmate Apparel • ARTY LAW
More to be announced!

(Cash Only)

• DELICIOUS APPETIZERS

• NETWORKING bringing together aspiring and rising entrepreneurs!

6:00 – 10:00 PM
• DJ SET W/ ♪ BONBON KOJAK (Moonshine), Montreal
https://soundcloud.com/bonbon-kojak

Évènement billingue – EN –FR (http://sayaspora.com/diaspora-speaking-2-fr/)

Visual credits: Malick Sidibe. Copyrights. All rights reserved.

Poster visuals by Monica & Morina Blain.

EARLY BIRD 15$ – LIMITED TICKETS – REGULAR: 20$

Thanks to our sponsors Concordia Student Union & AFESPED UQAM.