DanceAfrica, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) longest running program — and one of America’s largest and most vibrant celebrations of African and African American dance, music, and culture — celebrated its 30th year in 2007. Created in 1977 to heighten awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a high-spirited Memorial Day Weekend tradition that brings together the entire community. Under the artistic direction of Founding Elder Chuck Davis, DanceAfrica features performances by traditional and contemporary dance companies from the African Diaspora in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, as part of the Spring Season.
This celebration, centered around the dance performances in the Opera House, also includes DanceAfrica master classes; the popular outdoor DanceAfrica Bazaar with more than 250 vendors offering crafts, food, fashion, as well as outdoor performers; an art display at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place); a film series at BAM Rose Cinemas; and a dance party at BAMcafé with live music.
Dates: May 22nd to May 31st. Click here for more info.