<em>Global Currents</em>

Global CurrentsFREE FESTIVAL

About the Artists

Do BrasilBallet Folclorico do Brasil will perform dances and songs in honor of Yemanja, Queen of the Ocean and patron spirit of the fishermen.

Futa Toro West African Drummers & Dancers will perform "Yado," the rice harvest dance, and "Domba," celebrating the good rainy season. 

Futa ToroHalau Keali'i O Nalani will perform dances and chants honoring water, highlighting the island's cool, crisp streams and surrounding life-sustaining sea.

Las Colibrí will present Mexican folk songs which pertain to water, such as "Las Olas" (the waves), "El Aguacero" (the flood) and "Lluvia Y Granizo" (rain and hail).

On EnsembleOn Ensemble will perform "After Rain," an original piece by Shoji Kameda, creating the mood of L.A. after a storm.

Yuval Ron Ensemble will perform "Drawing Water in Joy," based upon an ancient water ritual of the Israelite tribes in Jerusalem. 

About the Workshops

Waterscapes with Alvaro Asturias  Create a multi-media painting of a water source - ocean, river, lake, pond, rain - incorporating natural elements such as colored sand, sawdust, spices, leaves and bark.

Calligraphy in Three Languages with Eiko Amano  Choose a language - Arabic, Chinese or Spanish - and learn to write Water in the art of calligraphy. On a watercolor wash in hues of blue, mount your work and make it into a small wall hanging.

Water Spirit Crowns with Beth Peterson  Make a festive Global Currents crown, your own wearable art honoring and celebrating water!

African Drumming with Malick Sow  Experience African culture through drumming on an authentic djembe, a goblet-shaped hand drum,  learning tones, rhythms and dynamic interplay. 

Brazilian Dance with Amen Santo  Learn the Maculele, a stick dance that was developed on sugar cane plantations in Brazil by African people. Originally using sugar canes for percussion, festival participants will use rhythm sticks and song to accompany their dancing. 

Baobab CollectivesBaobab Collectives  offering handmade baskets and crafts from East, West and South Africa with 57% of all proceeds going back to the women's village cooperatives who made them.

Sponsored by:

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