"How do we give roots to the diaspora spread overseas who may never return? How do we communicate across languages forgotten, forced or adopted? Connecting the dust here to the concrete there.”
November 2018 | Bay Area, CA | Bakanal de Afrique (BdA), is an Afro Urban festival. The gifted child of Afro Urban Society, BdA brings us together across cultures, and showcases new, emerging and underground urban art, culture and people through performance, workshops, visual media and conversations.
WEY YOU DEY?
This year, our theme 'Wey You Dey (Where were you?)' explores the history of urban African culture by asking people of the Diaspora to reflect on a specific moment in their lives and to create a story from that moment. As with our previous festivals, the audience is an active player in weaving the timeline as we explore the questions, “Where did we come from?” “Why are we here?” “Where are we going?”
WE WAKE UP LIKE THIS
We need to raise $10K by OCTOBER 23 2018, or we will get NOTHING. We are dreaming bigger and working harder this year, and need your support to make it all come to life. This work we know how to do, and have done on meager budgets, but this year we are asking for your support to level up. Every dollar raised will go toward ensuring that we are producing and supporting dynamic work and helping to give those works a larger life beyond its own stage. By donating you are ensuring our ability to cover the costs of space rental, equipment, props & costumes. Most importantly you are investing in fair & adequate pay for working artists of African descent who are doing this work out of love, passion and a true dedication to celebrating their cultural heritage and uplifting the Afro-Urban experience.
MAKE IT HAPPEN
With your contribution we are:
- Collaborating with over 40 Artists & 15 Organizations representing as many regions of Africa: Congo, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia, Different Regions of the Americas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia as well as Europe;
- Employing as many people of African descent folks in all facets of the production; collaborating with Dance Mission Theater to train Women/people of African descent in Stage Tech fields;
- Going from 3 days of programming to a month-long multi-event. Featuring not just dance and music but also film, visual and literary arts;
- Collecting personal stories and engaging various people of African descent to exchange and share them;
- Researching and presenting social movements by mapping a timeline of folkoric, urban, popular music from 1910 to 2030 from 54 African countries and 44 where people of African primarily reside/originate.
The festival features multiple days of events in collaboration with artists and various organizational partners. Here's a few of them, with more to come.
WA'GWAN? BDA 2018 EVENTS
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
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Afro Urban Society is an exuberant network of brilliant artists and culture workers dedicated to celebrating the unique expressions of Urban Africans through programs, performances and productions. afrourbansociety.com
Risks and challenges
Bakanal de Afrique is a rapidly-growing festival that is expansive, emerging, and learning with every new idea. Once this kickstarter is completed in mid-October, we’ll be launching into go-hard mode to make the festival a success. There’s much that needs to be done to ensure a successful festival—artist support, tech and production, further fundraising, and working with our organizational partners—but with your encouragement and $10K raised in support of the festival, we’re sure to have everything ready in time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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