Bakanal de Afrique 2018
Nov
2
to Nov 24

Bakanal de Afrique 2018

11/2 | 5-10PM | How We Remember | Studio Grand, Oakland
1st Friday Art Exhibit & Mixer featuring new work by Chukwunonso Ofili & Lastarla
Co-presented by Studio Grand

11/10 | 7-10PM | “What Had Happened Was…”, An Afro Urban Musical | The Flight Deck, Oakland
A hot-blooded piece of dance, storytelling, video, afrobeats, soca, hip-hop, blues, dancehall, rumba, soukous, and electrifying visuals! Created by Nkeiruka Oruche. Directed by Tossie Long
 

11/11 | 12-2PM Soukous/Coupe Decale | Dance Mission, SF
Dance w/ Special International Guest
Copresented by Dance Mission Theater

11/16 | 5-9PM | Bakanal at the OMCA | Oakland Museum of CA
Featuring Baba Ken Okulolo & West African Highlife Band, Arnaud Loubayi, DJ Young Fyah and DJ Leydis
Co-Presented by the Oakland Museum of CA

11/16 & 11/17 | 8-11PM | “What Had Happened Was…”, An Afro Urban Musical | Dance Mission, SF
A trail of personal stories will guide as we swivel along a timeline of Afro Urban culture from its birthplace on the cities of Africa, to the beats on the streets of Black America and the world! Created by Nkeiruka Oruche. Directed by Tossie Long Co-presented by Dance Mission

11/18 | 12-1:30PM | Afrobeats Mega | Malonga Casquelourd Center, Oakland
Afrobeats Dance workshop with LydRock & Philip Agyapong

11/18 | 2-4PM | [The BuckShop] Secondline Dance Workshop & Parade w/ Michelle Gibson & Oakland Secondline Project
Malonga Casquelourd Center
1428 Alice St, Oakland: 2nd Floor, Studio A
Co-presented by The Oakland Secondline Project, Kongo SQ West, nzo.CALIFA Dance Works & Rara Tou Limen

11/18 | 4-6PM | Ijeoma Umebinyuo/for People of African Descent | Solespace, Oakland
Intimate Writing & Discussion session with one of Africa’s best modern poets

11/20 | 7PM | ReelBlackFilms Documentary Night | New Parkway, Oakland
Co-presented by ReelBlackFilms

11/24 | 6-10PM | SUYA x BDA Closing Party w/ Wowo Boyz | East Side Cultural Center, Oakland
Family Friendly Social with Food, Music & Games. Presented by East Side Arts Alliance

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What Had Happened Was…,An Afro-Urban Musical
Nov
10
to Nov 17

What Had Happened Was…,An Afro-Urban Musical

Afro Urban Society x Bakanal de Afrique in association with Dance Mission Theater, presents

What Had Happened Was…,An Afro-Urban Musical
November 10 7PM The Flight Deck, Oakland
November 16 & 17, 8PM, Dance Mission Theater, SF
Created by Nkeiruka Oruche | Directed by Tossie Long

Get all wrapped up in a hot blooded performance of dance, storytelling, video, afrobeats, soca, hip-hop, blues, dancehall, rumba, soukous, and electrifying visuals! A trail of personal stories will guide as we swivel along a timeline of Afro Urban culture from its birthplace on the cities of Africa, to the beats on the streets of Black America and the world. Ain't no mountain high enough as we raise the roof and raise the questions "Where did we come from?" "Where are we going?" When will we arrive?!"

This event is presented as part of the Afro Urban Society's 2018 Bakanal de Afrique, Afro Urban Festival www.bakanaldeafrique.com

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Umoja Festival 2018
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Umoja Festival 2018

California's largest free outdoor African festival for Africans by Africans, come to the 6th Umoja Festival on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater then our suffering." ~ Ben Okri

Let us continue to celebrate us! To celebrate unity! To celebrate love!

Details coming soon....

Follow Umoja at:
www.theumojafestival.com
www.facebook.com/theumojafestival
www.twitter.com/umojafestival
www.instagram.com/theumojafestival

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Story Writing Session for People of African Descent
May
25
5:45 PM17:45

Story Writing Session for People of African Descent

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How do we communicate across languages forgotten, forced, or adopted?
How do we connect the dust here to the concrete there?

The answer lies in our stories.

Four hundred years in the making, “Bakanal de Afrique” is an Afro Urban Festival for, about and to the African Diaspora. Bakanal de Afrique aims to give roots to a Diaspora spread across the world, and provide a platform for Africans to tell our own stories, our way.

So tell us your story.

First, choose a Decade [past, future or present]
Second, pick a Place [region, country, neighborhood]
Then, share with us an image, a journal entry, a story, a song, a thought, or the memory of a conversation that lingers with you.

JOIN US for one a few in-person writing workshops in the Bay Area, or submit your story remotely www.afrourbansociety.com/mystory
Upcoming Workshops

BdA 2018 Personal Story Writing for People of African Descent
MAY 25 | FRIDAY | 5:45-6:45PM
OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CA
FREE | SPACE IS LIMITED, Make sure to RSVP
A free workshop geared towards people of African descent of all skill levels. Just come open and willing to participate! Presented as part of Africa Day-Bay Area celebration powered by Priority Africa Network ⟐ Afro Urban Society ⟐ The Umoja Festival ⟐ ThriveAfrica.us ⟐ Bisemi Foundation

 

-Bakanal de Afrique 2018 is a project of Afro Urban Society generously supported by in part by Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Dancers’ Group’s CA$H grant program, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, East Bay Fund for Artists at the East Bay Community Foundation, MAP Fund & Beloved Individuals.

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Africa Day at the OMCA
May
25
5:00 PM17:00

Africa Day at the OMCA

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#AfricansRising #25May2018

Afro Urban Society + Priority Africa Network + Friday Nights at the Oakland Museum of California
Along with Africans Rising for justice, peace & dignity, join several Bay Area organizations to celebrate Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day), the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on May 25, 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.

We are determined to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the Future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity

Featuring Priority Africa Network, Afro Urban Society, Gbedu Town Radio, Fua Dia Congo, Djayslim Martin & More

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Suya | BHM Special for the African Diaspora | 4th Saturdays
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Suya | BHM Special for the African Diaspora | 4th Saturdays

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Every 4th Saturday! FREE! All-Ages. Food, music, dance workshop, special guests, and some!! Updates on SUYAOAKLAND

SATURDAY FEB 24
Join us this month for a special edition of Suya: Social for the Afro Diaspora as we celebrate Black Heritage Month Pan-African style. Featuring:

Dance with Lakiesha (Ndombolo), Chocolate Platinum (Soul Line), Kanukai (Afrobeats)
Gbedu Town Radio Community Lab w/ Guest Artists: K.E.V, Ajala
Live Art by Boze: Living the Art Life 22
Staneisha's (Suya Host) Birthday Celebration
Djayslim on the afro.beats
Words by Nunu Kidane, Priority Africa Networkork
Black History Month Jeopardy by Kulture Freedom
Afro Urban Society Dance
 

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