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DanceAfrica

 
 

DanceAfrica celebrates the cultural vitality of Africa and its diaspora through dance, art, film, and an outdoor bazaar.

 
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DanceAfrica is BAM's longest running program and America's largest celebration of African and African-American dance, music, and culture. Created in 1977, under the artistic direction of Founding Elder Chuck Davis and with the aim of heightening awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a beloved annual Memorial Day weekend event that brings the entire community together. In 2015, the leadership baton was passed to Abdel R. Salaam.

Each year DanceAfrica welcomes a new visiting company from Africa or its diaspora at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. The performances include other traditional and contemporary dance companies, including the students of BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble, and live music. The weekend-long festival also includes master classes, community events, film screenings, an art exhibition, and the one-and-only DanceAfrica outdoor bazaar, a global marketplace of African, African-American, and Caribbean arts, crafts, and food featuring over 200 vendors and attracting up to 30,000 visitors per year.

DanceAfrica is part of the Winter/Spring Season.


 
Programs
DanceAfrica Festival 2016
May 25—May 30, 2016
 
DanceAfrica Festival 2016
May 25—May 30, 2016
 

The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year, celebrating the dance and music traditions of Senegal and featuring the debut of Abdel R. Salaam as artistic director.

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PAST EVENTS
Programs
DanceAfrica 2015
 

The nation’s largest African dance festival returns, celebrating Afro-Brazilian dance.

May 16—May 25, 2015
 
 
Programs
DanceAfrica 2014
 

BAM’s annual festival of African dance welcomes Madagascar-based troupe Bakomanga.

May 17—May 26, 2014
 
 
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DanceAfrica 2013
 

The nation’s largest African dance festival welcomes Umkhathi Theatre Works from Zimbabwe.

May 17—May 27, 2013
 
 
Programs
DanceAfrica 35 Years
 

DanceAfrica, a vibrant celebration of Africa and the diaspora, celebrates 35 years.

May 18—May 28, 2012