Matapa Music and Arts Organization is an organization working to celebrate cultural diversity through the presentation of music and arts, festivals and education, while recognizing and further establishing southern Ontario, specifically Hamilton and Inhambane in Mozambique as a vibrant cultural communities that promotes the best in music and arts with origins from around the world.
Matapa’s story began when a gap in the Hamilton arts scene was identified. The founding partners noted, that although Hamilton is home to a culturally diverse population (according to the 2011 National Household Survey, 24.5% of Hamiltonians are immigrants), there was no organization dedicated to professionally curating and presenting art from a variety of cultures. This illustrated that it was essential for Hamilton to have an organization, that would create the opportunity for the local community to engage with their own heritage through music and arts, and, to learn from other cultures and communities that now call Hamilton home.
Last year, 2018, we held the of the Matapa Music Festival in Machavenga. This is where we are building the Matapa Centre for the Arts this year, whilst preparing for another festival in September.
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