Emancipation Day

August 1, 2020

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FreeUp! 2020

FreeUp! is an annual festival of arts and activism led by young people to celebrate Emancipation Day.

Emancipation Day commemorates the historic day when slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire on August 1st, 1834. If you haven’t heard of it, you are not alone! Through the generations — for almost 200 years — this momentous event in history has gone generally unrecognized.

For the last three years, however, Emancipation Arts has worked to catalyze a group of young, gifted, and BIPOC artists to change this, asking them:


“What does freedom mean to you?”

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