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      Black to the Future, A Festival of Art, Social Justice & Dreaming in Pittsburgh


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      February 29, 2020

       

      5530 Penn Ave (at Stratford Ave)
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206

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      Black to the Future, A Festival of Art, Social Justice & Dreaming

      Black to the Future: A Festival of Art, Social Justice, and Dreaming, is a reframing of what it means to celebrate Black History Month. The Festival has an eye toward the relationship between remembering and reimagining; it’s a way to honor the past while simultaneously creating the future we want to live in. With concepts from AfroFuturists in mind, Black to the Future brings together “the imagination, technology, the future, and liberation” via experimentation and a redefinition of culture and blackness itself. Black to the Future focuses on the critical impact of art, poetry, and music in helping to change culture so that what we dream will become reality.

      Curated by Yolanda Covington-Ward, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Nicole Mitchell Gantt.

      FESTIVAL PROGRAM AT KST

      KanKouran West African Dance Company
      West African Dance Workshop

      Saturday, February 29 
      1:00pm – 2:30pm

      KST’s Alloy Studios
      5530 Penn Ave

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      This class focuses on the authentic dance and drumming styles of select West African cultural groups. Classes are taught by KanKouran West African Dance Company Artistic Director, Assane Konte, and are open to all age groups and levels of experience.

      KanKouran West African Dance Company
      Circle of Praise

      Saturday, February 29
      6:00pm

      Kelly Strayhorn Theater
      5941 Penn Ave

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      Circle of Praise takes us on a spiritual journey using praise and celebration dances from the African diaspora. These dances showcase the complexity of healing and spiritual connection while highlighting the resilience and creativity of people facing systematic oppression.

      Simone White
      (T)rap Music & Poetry

      Saturday, February 29
      8:00pm

      Kelly Strayhorn Theater
      5941 Penn Ave

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      Simone White hosts IN THE OPEN / IN SECRET / A BLACK FUTURES / POETRY PARTY where we undertake to heal ourselves / with the presence of others / gathering the urge to be together / black peace is a kind of dreaming… With appearances by guest artists Jaamil Olawale Kosoko & Tongo Eisen-Martin.

       

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