Performing Diaspora is a celebration of Africanist expressive culture, which is held annually in February, at York University and its neighbouring Jane and Finch community. The celebration brings together a number of African and African Diaspora artists and arts educators, York university students and alumni and other interested students, music and dance enthusiasts and the larger community, to celebrate and share the artistic and cultural contributions of African peoples as well as create awareness about the cultural significance of African music and dance.
Performing Diaspora 2012 promises to be one of the most exciting celebrations in the history of the events. Our theme for this celebration this year is: Sharing the Africana Experience with the Global Community.
The celebration will feature a Community Engagement Performance Thursday February 9 by Ijo Vudu African Dance Ensemble at the York Gate Mall near Jane and Finch; a Grand Opening Performance Friday February 10 evening at the Founders College Assembly Hall, featuring Samba Squad, Nutifafa and Kasoum, Elite Dance Company Inc. Oakwood Steel Pan Ensemble and master artists: Mbemba Bangoura, Akua Dentah Acheampong and Sani-Abu Mohammed; Workshop Series on Saturday and Sunday February 11 and 12 2012, and a Final Performance on Sunday evening February 12 2012.
For workshop registrations, please click here.
This program will reveal the history and culture of Africa and its Diaspora through the power of the Performing Arts.
Performing Diaspora is an innovative project of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Global Migrations of African Peoples (York University, Toronto, Canada). The Institute aims to strengthen cross cultural understanding and leadership necessary for building a strong, prosperous and harmonious multicultural community.
Director of the Tubman Institute: Paul Lovejoy, Ph.D., F.R.S.C
Curator of Performing Diaspora: Modesto Amegago, Ph.D.
Co-Curator of Performing Diaspora: Janelle Belgrave
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performing Diaspora 2012 recap: http://www.tubmaninstitute.ca/news/performing_diaspora_2012_celebration