Educating the general public on the rich traditions of Africa through cultural expression.
DANCE AFRICA, MIAMI
DanceAfrica, Miami hosted by Delou Africa’s Annual African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida: South Florida’s #1 cultural arts destination festival. Delou Africa, is a proud recipient of a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge in support of our efforts to increase our annual festival audience and establish the festival as “DanceAfrica Miami”, one of the many cities on the nationwide African festival network. Our three-day cultural arts and educational event expands cultural engagement through a variety of program components for the entire family. Participants enjoy African, contemporary and Caribbean dance, drum and music workshops, yoga, the Better Living Health Fair & Symposium, beach events, an artisan marketplace along with a free Children’s Village featuring dance, drum, arts & crafts, African folktale, and back to school book bag give-away. Our festival concert extravaganza features national and local renowned dance, drum and music artists that performs on DanceAfrica, Miami’s main stage which is historically sold out. [ CLICK HERE for Details ]
KWANZAA PROGRAM/ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Our annual Kwanzaa program is a free year end event that celebrates family, community and culture. Activities include: community African dance & drum class, community harvest table presentation, African folktale/storytelling, children’s talent showcase, spoken word, community dance & drum circle of expression, music and refreshments.
Seminar/educational series, featuring experts in music, dance and health/wellness.
The art and history of mask making. An interactive workshop and performance series for children and adults. This program will serve as a cultural and communal journey of transformation through geographical and cultural awareness for our diverse community to experience and enjoy. Designers, artists and historians will teach participants the art of authentic costume making focusing on mask traditions of Africa, the Caribbean and America depicted through folklore, dance, drum, steelpan, music and stilt walking. Participants will also learn the history and ethics of Caribbean Carnival and experience its festive nature through fantasy and storytelling. Participants will showcase and exhibit their creations, craft and talent at cultural, social and civic venues. Throughout the African Diaspora carnival masquerade is portrayed as a language of global and cultural expression. Masqueradology will implement projects to further explore and discover the evolution and journey of various mask forms. [ CLICK HERE for Details ]
RITES OF PASSAGE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Includes informative educational forums on Rites of Passage.
SPRING COMMUNITY SHOWCASE
This annual showcase features local artists and organizations.
TRADITIONAL AFRICAN INSTRUMENT CONSTRUCTION
Participants learn how to build and maintain traditional African instruments.