Its 2012 Heritage Festival is an opportunity to gather people of different races, ages, and cultural backgrounds to participate in a variety of master classes with nationally and international known guests artists; shop the African Market of products and foods and the evening culminates in an exhilarating live performance of West African music, songs and dance.
At the Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, festival activities include:
Traditional African drum and dance workshops presented by the following master drummers & dancers
- Hamidou Kovoigui Guinean Dance 9:00-10:30am
- Praise Ekeng Nigerian Dance 10:45-12:15pm
- Mouhammed Sene Senegalese Drumming 12:30 – 2:00pm
- Kayode Idris Yoruba Orisa Songs & Movement 1:00 – 2:30pm
- Titos Sompa Congolese Dance 2:15 – 3:45pm
- Elizabeth Hammond-Apea Ghanaian Dance 4:00 – 5:30pm
At the Woodward High School, 7005 Reading Road:
The evening performance will feature our guest artists sharing stage with Bi-Okoto’s own professional and Okoto Kekere pre-professional artists to highlight the unique and beautifully diverse traditional and contemporary arts that Africa offers. You are sure to love the adventure to West Africa and back! Arrive early to shop and stay late for the “Split-the-Pot Raffle” and more!
- Workshop classes: $20/person/class ($10/child)
- Performance tickets: $20/person in advance. After December 1st: $25/person
- Group discounts: ETA/Start members, Greater Cincinnati Dance Alliance members, dance schools, churches and/or groups of 5 or more participating in (2) or more classes will enjoy 20% off. Performance discount: Buy 4 get 1 free!
- Need Tickets: Performance and workshop tickets can be purchased at www.cincytickets.com or in person at Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Suite 662, 45237. For more information, please visit their website bi-okoto.com.