Here is an event happening this weekend in NYC. Hope you all
have a nice weekend. Me? I will be working on my new programming
for my new network launch.
AFRICAN ARTS AND CULTURE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO GOVERNORS ISLAND
African Film Festival Inc.’s Third Annual ‘Family Day Celebration’
Heads to New York on Saturday, August 7
NEW YORK (August 4, 2010)—New Yorkers seeking to immerse themselves in African arts and culture can take a short trek to beautiful Governors Island on Saturday, August 7 for African Film Festival Inc.’s third annual Family Day Celebration. The event, which runs from noon to 5 pm, will include free short films from emerging African directors, African and Afro-Brazilian dance classes, Double Dutch, storytelling and needle arts—as well as affordable fine African cuisine.
World-renowned dance instructors Quenia Ribeiro (Brazil), Babacar M’Baye (Senegal) and Youssouf Koumbassa (Guinea) will lead Afro-Brazilian, Senegalese sabar and Guinean dance classes; they will be accompanied by Afro Brazilian Drummers, Sing Sing Rhythm and Les Merveilles de Guinea, all master drummers. Michelle Bishop, founder of Harlem Needle Arts, will lead participants in making an African-inspired quilt. Attendees can be captivated by storyteller Malika Leigh Whitney or join in with jumping wonders Double Dutch Dreamz. Selected short films—A History of Independence by Daouda Coulibaly, Guew Bi – Sabar Dances of Senegal by Francoise Bouffault, Pumzi by Wanuri Kahiu, and others—from across the African Diaspora will be screened. African-inspired cuisine from the restaurants Les Ambassades, with Chef Jules Niasse, and The Seasoned Pot, with Chef Charmain Sithappah, will be available for purchase.
WHAT: African Film Festival Inc’s Family Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, August 7, noon – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Colonels’ Row on Governors Island. To get to Governors Island, take the 1 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Then take the free Governors Island Ferry, located in the Battery Maritime Building, Slip # 7, to the Island and follow the signs to the festivities.