2ND ANNUAL A TOUCH OF AFRICA LAS VEGAS
Da’African Village, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in partnership with Africa Love, presents the 2nd Annual A Touch of Africa Las Vegas (ATOALV), a 2-day adventure into African culture. This family-friendly event will feature African dance companies: Olabisi African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Le Ballet Dembaya and Thiossane West African Dance Institute (pronounced cha- sahn).
The event will celebrate African culture through a drum/dance showcase, an African fashion show, African drum & dance workshops, a meet & greet welcome reception, an African after-party, and a vendor bazaar that will highlight African food, clothing, art etc.
Saturday, August 10, 2019 | Clark County Library Theater
1401 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
6 PM | Meet & Greet Welcome Reception & Vendor Bazaar
Join us for a meet & greet welcome reception and vendor bazaar at Clark County Library Theater that will feature local vendors and small businesses. Mix and mingle with other attendees and have your picture taken at our step-and-repeat.
Theater doors will open at 7:00 PM.
7:30 PM | Olabisi African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Olabisi African Dance & Drum Ensemble is dedicated to teaching West African drum and dance. Their repertoire celebrates West African traditions including music through joyous rhythms, electrifying drum and dance workshops, performances, storytelling and song. Olabisi creates energetic performances that are exciting and filled with cultural details and will be performing an exciting opening act for us during this performance.
7:45 PM | African Fashion Show
Featuring the latest in African fashion, our African fashion show will highlight the diversity of the African culture with styles from Africa Love and afrocentric collections from other fashionistas. Discover colorful African trends/collections and one-of-a-kind signature pieces.
8:15 PM | Drum & Dance Showcase featuring Le Ballet Dembaya
A 45-minute drum and dance showcase with Le Ballet Dembaya. Le Ballet Dembaya is a professional West African drum and dance company based in Los Angeles, California. With Guinea being their primary country of study, they practice traditional percussive rhythms, typically played on djembe and dundun drums, accompanied by intricate, polyrhythmic dances from various regions throughout West Africa.
9 PM | Intermission & Awards Ceremony
Africa Love and Da'African Village will be honoring community members who share in our mission and vision of promoting, educating and bringing the cultural traditions of Africa and its people to our local community and beyond.
9:15 PM | Drum & Dance Showcase featuring Thiossane West African Dance Institute
A 45-minute drum and dance showcase with Thiossane West African Dance Institute. Thiossane pronounced (cha- sahn) was formed with the express purpose of bringing authentic West African cultural representation to the world. Its purpose is to introduce, increase, and enhance cultural awareness to better understand and appreciate the richness of the African Diaspora.
11 PM | African After Party
Enjoy an African After-Party after the show at Asmara Restaurant.
Sunday, August 11, 2019 | University of Nevada Department of Dance
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas NV 89154
African Drum and Dance Workshops with Le Ballet Dembaya, Thiossane West African Dance Institute and more!
- 10 AM – 11:30 AM Johanna Blunt (Guinea)
- 12 PM – 1:30 PM Idy Ciss (Wango Dance | Senegal)
- 2 PM – 3:30 PM Dandha Da Hora (Afro-Brazilian dance)
- 4 PM – 5:30 PM Suzan Bradford-Kounta (Mali)
- 6 PM – 7:30 PM Idy Ciss (Kuturo Dance | Senegal)
- 6 PM – 7:30 PM Kenneth Brown II (African Drumming)