2017 FESTIVAL LINE-UP

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE


FRIDAY, APRIL 21


12:00 PM | MY AFRICA IS

Afro-American Cultural Center
Opening Luncheon and Documentary Screening
Featured Artist: Nosarieme Garrick | Director x Producer, My Africa Is

 

1:30-3:00 PM | AFRICA ONLINE

Afro-American Cultural Center
Discussion of Modern African Media and Diasporic Digital Narratives
Featured Artists:
• Anakwa Dwamena | Writer, The New Yorker/Africa is a Country
• Amira Ali | Writer x Editor, AfricaSpeaks4Africa
• Antoinette Isama | Associate Editor, OkayAfrica

 

3:15-4:30 PM | OUT OF THE CONTINENT, ONTO THE CANVAS

Afro-American Cultural Center
An Exploration of how Art and Performance can Inspire and Instigate Action
Featured Artist: Laolu Senbanjo | Visual Artist x Musician x Activist

 

4:30 | Cocktail Reception + Artist MEet and GReet

Exhibit featuring works by Kwadwo Adae, Kenturah Davis, Anna Wane, Tsedenya Simmie, Jesse Kimotho, Michelle Kemei, and Hope Village Artisans

 

5:30-7:00 PM | WORDS OF THE DIASPORA

Afro-American Cultural Center
Poetry Reading and Discussion on African Diasporic Storytelling
Featured Artist: Safia Elhillo | Poet
Featured Student Artists: Daad Sharfi & Opelo Matome

 

9:00 PM | AFRICA SALON CONCERT

Toad's Place
A Musical Celebration Featuring Exhilarating Neo-Soul Hip-Hop, And “Electro-Organic” Afro-Beat Music
Featured Artists: OSHUN, Cosmic Homies

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22


12:00-1:00 PM | TASTE OF AFRICA

Afro-American Cultural Center
Interactive Taste Presentation and Food Festival with Stella's and Mazie's African Catering, Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, and Kashbah Garden Cafe
Featured Artist: Essie Bartels | Spice Mixologist x Founder, Essiespice

 

1:15-2:15 PM | From Afropunk to Muslim Ban

Afro-American Cultural Center
Discussion on the Intersections of Racism, Islamophobia, Xenophobia, and Pop Culture
Featured Student Artists: Sakina Shakur, Abdul Zachariah, Eilaf Elmileik, Daad Sharfi, Zeinab Khalil

 

2:30-3:30 PM | DANSE!

Afro-American Cultural Center
African Dance Showcase
Featured Dance Groups:
• Dzana | Yale University
• Nubian Foxes | University of Connecticut
• WUMALA: West African Dance Ensemble | Eastern Connecticut University

 

3:45-5:00 PM | COSMIC AFRICA

Afro-American Cultural Center
Musical Workshop and Discussion
Featured Artists: Cosmic Homies | Musical Collective

 

5:00 | Cocktail Reception + Artist Meet and GReet

Exhibit featuring works by Kwadwo Adae, Kenturah Davis, Anna Wane, Tsedenya Simmie, Jesse Kimotho, Michelle Kemei, and Hope Village Artisans

 

6:00-7:00 PM | ALL THINGS ANKARA 

Afro-American Cultural Center
Interactive Fashion Show
Featured Artist: Nikki Billie Jean | Designer x Founder, All Things Ankara

 

11:00 PM-2:00 AM | THE AFTER-PARTY

Elm City Social
Featured Artist: DJ Kash | Aboki Entertainment


SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd
Sponsored by AFRICA SALON

8:00 PM | Africa Into Jazz/Jazz Into Africa Final Concert
Toad's Place
Closing concert of a series exploring the intersection of contemporary jazz and contemporary African music.
Curated by Professor Michael Veal
Featured Artists:
The Richard Bona Trio (featuring GRAMMY award-winning artist Richard Bona)
The Randy Weston Sextet (featuring NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston)