The African American Dance Ensemble hopes you can join us Kwanzaa Fest on January 1, 2022 at the Durham Armory!!!
Kwanzaa is a celebration for all people, focusing on family, friends, and the fruits of the earth. Celebrated December 26th – January 1st, the name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.”
Celebrating the holiday season and Durham's diversity, AADE’s annual Kwanzaa celebration is a time to enjoy family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa itself is a seven-day African holiday that celebrates a different principle each day. AADE’s Kwanzaa takes place on the seventh day, which is dedicated to Imani, or faith.
On January 1, 2022, at the Durham Armory we will celebrate with the community. The doors will open to the public at 11 am and the performances will begin at 1:00 pm. We offer a free venue of quality performances, marketplaces and collaborate with businesses and non-profits.
In honor of Baba Chuck Davis, collected canned foods will be donated to the Urban Ministry of Durham
Doors open to the public at 11am and the performances will begin at 1pm
Bamboo Basket Weaving Demonstration with Y Bhong R
Y Bhong Rcom is a Rhade Montagnard basket maker from the Highlands of Vietnam. He has demonstrated his craft as well as given classes on this traditional form of basketry at many local art and folk festivals. Come watch and interact with Y Bong as he demonstrates the various stages of processing the bamboo and lays out his geometric designs. The artist will also offer several of his baskets for sale at this outdoor event. This is a free event sponsored in part by a grant from AARP. Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87516223615?pwd=QkRtbWRQSzZZQjl0Tm5jOXpoTllHdz09
On Saturday, November 7, Flushing Town Hall will celebrate the Festival of Lights with its sixth annual Diwali Festival–reimagined as a FREE virtual event. Our virtual celebration mixes live and pre-recorded content and opens with footage of a home traditionally decorated for Diwali and an explanation of the holiday and traditional foods. Then Nupur Arora, owner of Queens Curry Kitchen, will demonstrate mouth-watering authentic Indian dishes with ingredients that you can find at your local grocer, including aloo gobhi (spiced potato and cauliflower), tikka marsala sauce for chicken or tofu, and chai tea. Then move the furniture and get ready to move as master Indian dancer Abha B. Roy and the Srijan Dance Center shows you traditional, folk and Bollywood dance moves. Once you are warmed up, keep moving as DJ Rekha spins the music for a Bhangra dance party.
Native American Flute and Meditation Workshops: In
Have you always wanted to play an instrument? (Or, do you play and want to connect more with the music?) Learn to play in a natural way, the way music began, with wind, inspiration, breath. Take yourself back to a simpler time. Soothe your body with your breath. Soothe yourself and others with sound, a wind expression of your heart. Workshops start with guided meditation, moves to learning about the flute, followed by another meditation and structured playing. The meditative atmosphere helps to quiet our mind allowing our creativity to be freely expressed. Native Flutes will be available for use. “Native Flute: Be the Music” is a series of four 2-hour workshops. While each workshop builds on the next, the workshops are designed to stand alone as well. The workshops can be taken in any order. Watch for workshops 1 & 2 in the fall catalog. A one-hour introductory class will be offered before the beginning of each workshop to give you a bit of a head start (or review) before the workshop.
Class will take place using Zoom. Registered students will receive a link approximately 24 hours before the class.
You will need a Native American style flute in “A” minor. https://highspirits.com/collections/all-flutes/flutes-in-the-key-of-a