In the last 20 years, Nepali people have moved to Akron creating a new beginning for their community. With project funding, Gum-Dip Theatre will collaborate on a multi-disciplinary performance that illustrates the rich history of the Akron-Nepali population in North Hill. The project will collect works of art, dance, music and performance by professional and Nepali artists to create a bilingual variety show. The performance will culminate with an after party catered by local Nepali food artists.
This project will produce a cultural expression performance that reflects the diverse population of North Hill. The artists involved will be commissioned to present work that is inspired by their stories. Additionally, tables and tents will be set up throughout the lot with art displays and local vendors. When the performance concludes, the Nepali food artists will share main dishes with the audience members. Not only do audience members engage with the Nepali culture through a dynamic performance, but they also exchange culturally through trade and food. The open air market/performance festival will serve as an opportunity to make new connections with North Hill residents by celebrating the cultural diversity.
The festival is planned for May 2017.
Risks and challenges
"Nepali Applause" has received a $10,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the spring 2016 Akron Arts Challenge. This is a challenge grant, meaning that there needs to be a match of $10,000 before the project starts. "Nepali Applause" has reached just over the halfway mark to the raise goal because of a $3,000 grant from GAR Foundation.
We set $2,000 as a goal to meet the Kickstarter "all-or-nothing" rule. In order to reach the total raise goal of the matching grant the campaign would need $4,200. Every dollar over that amount will be expanding the festival budget for hiring artists.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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