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DanceAfrica Portal

 
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Rain or Shine!
 
May 25—May 27, 2019
 
Performance dates & times
 
LOCATION:

The Plaza at 300 Ashland (between Flatbush Ave and Ashland Pl)

 
 
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Connect with local residents and arts lovers in Rwanda at the DanceAfrica Portal! This year we introduce a new component to the festival that gives Brooklynites a unique opportunity to engage more deeply and intimately with this year’s country of focus. Situated on the public plaza of 300 Ashland Place, the DanceAfrica Portal gives you a chance to meet people in Kigali in real time, hear about daily life and share stories.

The DanceAfrica Portal is staffed by Shared Studios curators who facilitate the connection between Brooklyn and Kigali, Rwanda and provide live language interpretation. The DanceAfrica Portal is free and open to the public during scheduled open walk up sessions, or engage in one of the curated sessions and come away with new thoughts and ideas. Curated sessions are free, but RSVP is required.

Leadership support for BAM Community Programs provided by The Thompson Family Foundation.

 
 
Open Session Schedule
 

Saturday, May 25
Dance Party Kickoff with DJ
11am—1pm
Open Session Hours
1—4pm

Sunday, May 26
Open Session Hours
2—4pm

Monday, May 27
Open Session Hours
2—4pm

 
Dance in Dialogue

Curated Session

Sun, May 26
10:30—11:30am

 

This discussion brings together artists, teachers, and administrators in Kigali and Brooklyn to look at how dance can be used to build bridges to education, foster community, and support creative expression. Facilitated by Mecca Madyun, education manager for dance programs in BAM Education.

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Shared_Lunch discussing Women's Empowerment

Curated Session

Sun, May 26
12—1:30pm

 

Join us for lunch and conversation about gender equality and women’s empowerment. We will brainstorm ways individuals and organizations in both the US and Rwanda can create additional pathways for female leadership and support women in existing leadership roles.

Lunch will be provided. Share a table between Brooklyn and Kigali! This intimate conversation allows guests to “break bread”, share stories, and connect with people thousands of miles away.

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Reconciliation & Recovery

Curated Session

Mon, May 27
10—11:30am

 

In this discussion, we look at how individuals, organizations, and the government in Rwanda have sought to heal in the wake of the genocide against the Tutsi. This gathering creates space for individuals working to bring themselves and their communities forward as they seek to forgive and recover.

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Art in Action

Curated Session

Mon, May 27
12—1:30pm

 

In this discussion, we invite emerging and established artists, students, and educators to share their art and ideas about how creative practice can be used to spur action, bridge cultural divides, and foster global communities. Facilitated by Mikal Lee, program manager of BAM’s Brooklyn Reads Residency Program, Arts and Justice After School Program, and co-curator of Word. Sound. Power.

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