DanceAfrica is one of the most beloved programs at BAM, and we are deeply saddened to cancel this festival for the first time in its 42 years of existence. We are grateful for the hard work and contributions of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and all of our program partners: the Council of Elders, the Candle Bearers, RestorationArt, Weeksville Heritage Center, DanceAfrica Bazaar vendors, and Mark Morris Dance Group. We look forward to working together again to present DanceAfrica next year, at a time when the community can come together safely.
A Message from Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam
Peace and Blessings Family,
DanceAfrica is not just a festival or an annual event. It is a timeless, fantastic voyage of culture and creativity. It is a consciousness centered in the voices, visions, and inspiration of our ancestors, the people of Africa and the African diaspora. While its crown of expression has always been at BAM, the spirit of DanceAfrica has no boundaries, and will always find its way to the people. Today there are countless workshops and African dance and music classes being taught online by devotees. The absence of this year’s festival is simply a pause that, if seen through a different lens, will enable us as a family to move through this moment of darkness, regenerate, and rise again next year. The best is yet to come!
Health, prosperity, peace, and blessings to you and your loved ones,
Baba Abdel R. Salaam