FRIDAY MAY 24
OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
AFRICANS RISING for peace, justice and dignity.
Afro Urban Society + @Priority Africa Network + The Umoja Festival + ThriveAfrica.us + Oakland Museum of California invite you to celebrate Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on May 25, 1963.
Baba Ken Okulolo and the West African Drummers
Afro Urban Society
Africa Day Jeopardy w. Kulture Freedom
Hair Braiding Demo w. TC Hair Suite
Kids Playground Games w. Philip Agyapong & Denise Amos
Storytelling & Book Reading: Nathalie Minya
“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.”
FRIDAY MAY 24
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
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
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
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.
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