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BAM – 2019 DanceAfrica Festival
Celebrates Rwanda Reborn

Post: May 20, 2019

Memorial Room

DanceAfrica, the nation’s largest African dance festival returns for its 42nd year to BAM from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, with “Rwanda Reborn: The Remix,” under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam.

This year BAM celebrates the rich, deep, expansive art and cultural traditions of Rwanda that aided its people to find reclaim, harmonize and reaffirm their identity. This spring marks the 25th anniversary of the government-sponsored genocide against the Tutsi in which up to a million Rwandan people were killed. DanceAfrica pays tribute throughout the weekend with a full house of activities such as community events, performances, annual FilmAfrica series, an art exhibition and the 40,000+ attended DanceAfrica Bazaar.

BK Reader has published a great article that gives full detail of this annual festival. (taken from article)

Inganzo Ngari. Photo credit: BAM

Internationally acclaimed Rwandan dance troupe Inganzo Ngari. Founded in 2006, with the purpose of promoting the Rwandan folkloric dance tradition among the country’s youth.

The country’s contemporary culture and art scene will be represented by Rwandan-born spoken word artist Malaika Uwamahoro, who has just finished the Off-Broadway show Miracle in Rwanda.

FilmAfrica, part of BAMcinématic and companion to DanceAfrica, returns for its 26th edition, kicking off on Thursday, May 23, and concluding on Monday, May 27. This year’s program features a special focus on Rwanda, offering a showcase of the country’s best new narrative, documentary and short films. Some of the films:

  • Sew the Winter to My Skin
  • Finding Hillywood + Imfura
  • Ouaga Girls
  • Intore + A Place for Myself
  • Sometimes in April (starring Idris Elba)
  • Dreamstates

Get complete schedule HERE.

This year, BAM is introducing a new component to the festival, titled DanceAfrica Portal, an enclosed video chat room. The portal gives Brooklynites a unique opportunity to engage in real-time conversations with people in Kigali, Rwanda. Situated on the plaza of 300 Ashland Place, Brooklynites can participate during free scheduled open walk-up sessions or in one of the curated sessions and come away with new thoughts and ideas. RSVP is required. Read more about this portal HERE.

A visual art exhibition, featuring the work of contemporary artist Innocent Nkurunziza, who is at the forefront of the growing Rwandan fine art movement. His latest abstract work, “Intense Emotions,” is a reflection of Nkurunziza’s Rwanda and will be on view through May 31.

Don’t forget to visit the Memorial Room, part of the DanceAfrica Festival.
The Memorial Room is dedicated to preserving the tradition of paying homage to the ancestors of DanceAfrica’s past and present, as well as the ancestors of visiting company Inganzo Ngari.

On Monday, May 27, throughout the day, DanceAfrica invites the community to participate in several workshops for dancers and non-dancers of all levels. These workshops are held at Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette, Brooklyn, NY.
Find out times and costs for – DanceAfrica Family workshop; DanceAfrica Master Class; DanceAfrica Inclusive workshop.

From Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, DanceAfrica’s spectacular bizarre transforms the surrounding streets around BAM into a global, culturally rich market place. 40,000 people from all five boroughs of New York and the tri-state area to experience more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean and African-American food, crafts and fashion. Rain or Shine it happens every year. READ MORE.

Free Trip to Egypt – Documentary

Post: May 19, 2019

Kindness Films presents a profoundly revealing and life-changing documentary.

Two Cultures. One World.

Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur of Muslim faith, now living in Switzerland, decides to reach out to the very people who fear him. Traveling across the United States to find Americans concerned about an Islamic threat, Tarek Mounib makes them an intriguing offer….a Free Trip to Egypt.

Brooklyn For Peace Arts & Culture Collective is happy to support and promote this Social Revolution of Acceptance and to take the #PledgeToListen:

Following a one-week theatrical run in NYC (May 31) and Los Angeles (June 7), Free Trip to Egypt will enjoy a one-night event premier (Fathom) June 12, the #PledgeToListenDay of Unity.

On the evening of Wednesday, June 12th FREE TRIP TO EGYPT will be screening in 500 theaters across the United States as part of our #PledgeToListen Day of Unity. Prior to the screening, there will be a 30-minute pre-show video which will include celebrity endorsements, a unique song written for the event and other exciting material.
Directly after the film, there will be a telecasted panel discussion live from Washington DC. The panel will include politicians, celebrities and thought leaders who will discuss the themes in the film and action steps we can take as a society to reconcile the divide that is splitting our country. Tarek Mounib will moderate the panel.
Depending on the location and time zone of the theater, the panel will be live or previously recorded.

This film will have several screening locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island. To purchase tickets and find a theater location near you. Select this link. And you can also visit the website to get more details. There are discounts available for group sales (25 ticket minimum) HERE.

Running time of film 98 minutes. The film has a PG rating. Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

About Kindness Films:
With a goal of launching a sincere dialogue and a better understanding of different points of view, Kindness Film is focused on creating projects that contribute to the well being of humanity and bringing people together of various backgrounds and cultures. A successful software entrepreneur of Egyptian heritage who has lived in Zurich, Switzerland for the past 15 years, founder Tarek Mounib – who recalls being the only Muslim family in his neighborhood growing up in the 70’s in Halifax, Canada – launched the non-partisan production company in 2017 with the genesis of an idea: A dream to build bridges through kindness and document the journey in a film. What happened next was beyond his wildest dreams….and resulted in a most unusual journey. Visit Kindness Film website

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“On Women” Festival – Theater Event, 4/24 – 5/4

April 28, 2019

A unique and timely theater event at the local Irondale Theater in Fort Greene (85 South Oxford St between Lafayette & Fulton: next to Lafayette Ave Presbyterian Church):

The On Women Festival at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn will present George Brant’s 2013 award-winning play “Grounded,” directed by Cindy Rosenthal. “Grounded” is a powerful one-woman story of a drone operator, her breakdown and ultimate refusal to continue to launch the drones.

Performed by actress Maya Carter, “Grounded” tracks how an unexpected pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilot’s career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.

For more information, visit website:

Tickets are still available for:

Wed April 24 – 7 pm BUY TICKETS
Sat April 27 – 7 pm BUY TICKETS
Mon April 29 – 9 pm BUY TICKETS
Wed May 1 – 9 pm BUY TICKETS
Thurs May 2 – 9 pm BUY TICKETS
Sat May 4 – 5 pm BUY TICKETS

The 9 pm performance on Wed May 1 will be followed by a talk-back with Brooklyn For Peace’s Molly Nolan.
The 9 pm performance on Thurs May 2 will be followed by a talk-back with Brooklyn For Peace’s Rusti Eisenberg

Medea Benjamin – War and The Green Economy

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm at the Brooklyn Friends House Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, will discuss the war economy, its impact on the environment, and how we can redirect Pentagon spending to much needed green initiatives. Her presentation will be exploring some of the ways that the U.S. military is an environmentally destructive force, and offering some courses of action we can take to oppose militarism and to work for a more peaceful and sustainable society.
Medea Benjamin and Code PinkRead more about Medea and the organization she co-founded.

We also delighted to have special guest musical artist Dave Lippman!

It’s been a while since we have partnered with Dave and our A&C Collective is happy to have him back.

Audiences of all ages and hairstyles have thrilled to the post-corporate comic stylings of satirical songster Dave Lippman.

The 99% troubadour (he’s not yet complete) and investigative songwriter afflicts the complacent, takes the air out of the windbags of the week, de-distorts history, and updates worn-out songs with parody and thrust. Sample tunes: All We Are Saying is End Corporate Crime, I Hate Wal-Mart, Alberta Tarbillies, Brother Can You Spare a Diamond, Sgt. Pepper Spray…
Specializing in passionate, comedic original songs and unsingable singalongs set to familiar tunes, he presents a swirl of multimedia images so no one will bother watching him grow older onstage. It’s a multi-media romp through recent generations of social justice activism, told through stories of glories, near-wins, and windmills tilted at. Remember the hard times, fight for the better ones – in harmony! (taken from Dave Lippman website)

Visit his website and hear songs from his extensive recordings and views the impressive activist career of Dave.

Location: Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn NY *this venue is wheelchair accessible

Co-sponsored by: CodePink, Fort Greene Peace, Park Slope United Methodist Church Social Action Committee, Peace & Social Action Committee of Brooklyn Friends (Quakers), & Veterans For Peace NYC Ch 034

Admission is free; Doors open 6:45.

See it on Facebook, RSVP and share!

Okwui Enwezor, Noted Curator and Promoter of African Art, Dies at 55

“Art matters, the utility of art as a learning tool, a teaching tool but also a way for the public to learn how to expand their view of the world.”

Okwui Enwezor

Renowned Nigerian art curator Okwui Enwezor has died at age 55 after a battle with cancer. Okwui Enwezor (23 October 1963 – 15 March 2019) was a Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, poet, and educator, specializing in art history. He lived in New York City and Munich. In 2014, he was ranked 24 in the ArtReview list of the 100 most powerful people of the art world.

Enwezor was the director of the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany. He also had the roles of adjunct curator of the International Center of Photography in New York City, and Joanne Cassulo Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. In 2013, Enwezor was appointed curator of the Venice Biennale 2015, making him the first African-born curator in the exhibition’s 120-year history.

Democracy Now! spoke to Okwui Enwezor in Venice in 2015, which you can listen to here.

More articles on Mr. Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor Wikipedia
New York Times article on Okwui Enwezor
ArtNews article on Okwui Enwezor

Books by Okwui Enwezor

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