Performing Diaspora 2012

Performing Diaspora fifth DraftPerforming Diaspora is a celebration of Africanist expressive culture, which is held annually in February, at York University and its neighbouring Jane and Finch community. The celebration brings together African and African Diaspora artists, arts educators, York university students, alumni and other interested students, music and dance enthusiasts and the larger community, to celebrate and share the artistic and cultural contributions of African peoples as well as create awareness about the cultural significance of African music and dance.

Performing Diaspora 2012 promises to be one of the most exciting celebrations in the history of the Tubman Institute events. Our theme for this year’s celebration is: Sharing the Africana Experience with the Global Community.

The celebration will feature a Community Engagement Performance on Thursday February 9, 2012 by Ijo Vudu African Dance Ensemble at the York Gate Mall near Jane and Finch; a Grand Opening Performance on Friday February 10, 2012 at the Founders College Assembly Hall, featuring Samba Squad, Nutifafa and Kasoum, Elite Dance Company Inc., Oakwood Steel Pan Ensemble and master artists: Mbemba Bangoura, Akua Dentah Acheampong and Sani-Abu Mohammed; Workshop Series on Saturday and Sunday February 11 and 12, 2012, and a Final Performance on Sunday evening February 12, 2012.

This program will reveal the history and culture of Africa and its Diaspora through the power of the Performing Arts.

Performing Diaspora is an innovative project of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Global Migrations of African Peoples (York University, Toronto, Canada). The Institute aims to strengthen cross cultural understanding and leadership necessary for building a strong, prosperous and harmonious multicultural community.

Director of the Tubman Institute: Paul Lovejoy, Ph.D., F.R.S.C
Curator of Performing Diaspora: Modesto Amegago, Ph.D.
Co-Curator of Performing Diaspora: Janelle Belgrave

For more information, please email Diaspora workshop posterGrand Opening Feb 10 Poster

community AND grand openingCommunity Engagement Feb 9 Poster

Final Peformance feb 12 posterfinal performance AND workshop series