text and image via Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM):
BAM celebrates 30 Years of DanceAfrica with a kaleidoscope of dance, music, film, and art. New this year: a showcase of spoken word, dance and music inspired by the spirit of Africa and an archival retrospective. Join us Memorial Day weekend to honor America’s largest festival of African and African-American culture and another joyous milestone: the 70th birthday of Artistic Director Baba Chuck Davis.
Featuring Ndere Troupe of Uganda, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company, Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble, Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, Sabar Ak Ru Afriq Dance Theatre, and BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble.
The one-and-only open-air bazaar features African crafts, food, and fashion—and an exciting premiere: a live showcase of poets, dancers, and music inspired by the spirit of Africa.
Exhibitions include The Colors of 30 Years of DanceAfrica by artist D. Lammie-Hanson, the African Ancestral Altar, the African Sculpture Garden, and an archival retrospective by BAMart and MoCADA in the 80 Hanson Place lobby.
Gokh-Bi (Go-Bee) System merges political rhymes with the sounds of Senegal for hip-hop you haven’t heard before.
Dance workshops for all and a community partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.
The best of the African Film Festival includes the acclaimed drama Bamako and the sequel to the animated classic Kirikou! [see earlier post]