Thursday, September 30, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Guests in black-tie or ceremonial attire preview the exhibition and enjoy a libation ceremony and a performance by Nigerian masquerade group AyanAgalu. Call (215) 684-7720 for information.

Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3,
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Museum’s East Terrace is transformed into an outdoor African marketplace, presented in collaboration with ODUNDE, with live entertainment and handcrafted wares by nearly 40 African and African American vendors displayed and available for purchase.

Main performance group times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.,
and 3:30 p.m.
Free after paid Museum admission.

Celebrate: Coastal West Africa
Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3
On Saturday, see a Yoruba dance colloquium from
2:00-5:00 p.m. in the Van Pelt Auditorium.
On Sunday, AyanAgalu performs Yoruba “power masquerades,” which combine dance, acrobatics, music, and popular theater. Also craft demonstrations and children’s activities

Celebrate: Manding Empire
Sunday, October 24
Learn about the music of Mali and the Manding Empire while listening to the sounds of the kora, a 21-string harp, as played by Mamadou Diabate. Robbi Hall Kumalo and her ensemble present The Turtle’s Shell celebrating the rich oral traditions of Africa at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Also craft demonstrations and children’s activities

Celebrate: Southern Africa
Sunday, November 14
Mogauwane Mahloele performs on drums and other instruments he crafts himself. The African American group Kulu Mele, which means “voice of our ancestors,” performs exciting dances and drum beats at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Also craft demonstrations and children’s activities

Celebrate: Central and East Africa
Sunday, December 12
Learn lively new rhythms while moving to the Congolese music of Soukous Stars. At 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble showcases dancers, drummers, acrobats, and stilt walkers in their presentation of “The Beauty of African Culture.” Also craft demonstrations and children’s activities

Sundays, October 10, November 7, and December 5, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Free tickets required.
Local storytellers share tales from Africa.

5:00-8:45 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Museum admission

October 1: Dave Burrell’s African ensemble blends contemporary jazz piano with the intense rhythms of African drums.

October 22: The Harry Butch Reed Trio performs with vocalist Barbara D. Mills

November 12: Experience an evening of traditional music and dance from the western coast of Africa. The Jaasu Ballet performs selected music of countries including Senegal and Mali along with traditional masquerade and stilt walking.

December 10: Dave Burrell’s African ensemble blends contemporary jazz piano with the intense rhythms of African drums.


Contemporary African Film
The Museum collaborates with International House, a leading venue in Philadelphia for avant-garde cinema from around the world, to present a series of contemporary films from Africa.

Sundays, October 24, November 7, and December 5
and 19, 2:30 p.m.
Museum’s Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission

Wednesday, October 27; Tuesday, November 23; Friday, December 3; Wednesday, December 22,
7:00 p.m.
International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Special Film Event
Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
International House presents the Philadelphia premiere of Moolaadé, directed by Ousmane Sembene of Senegal (2004, 35 mm, 120 minutes, color, in French and Wolof w/ English subtitles). Introduced by Ousmane Sembene and followed by a question and answer session
$10 adults, $8 for students and seniors


Imani Winds with Gilbert Kalish
Friday, October 22, 8:00 p.m.
$20 ($10 for Museum members)
Call (215) 569-8080 for tickets.

Opera Company of Philadelphia featuring soprano Angela Brown
Friday, December 17, 8:00 p.m.
$20 ($16 for Museum members)
Call (215) 235-SHOW for tickets.

Colloquium on Yoruba Culture, October 2, 2004
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Van Pelt Auditorium, 2-5 pm Free with Museum Admission

Friday, October 8, 2004,  6 p.m. Van Pelt Auditorium
Emanations of Blackness
a Slide-Talk by Sharon F. Patton, Ph.D. Director of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian.

African Art and Culture
Lecturer: Dwaune Latimer, Jean Friendly Keeper, African Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Thursdays: 4 sessions, November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m. or Saturdays: 2 sessions, November 13 and December 4, 1:30-3:45 p.m.

Fashions of Africa: Weaving Together the Past and
the Present
Friday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Free after Museum admission
Join members of Philadelphia’s African community as they present both traditional and contemporary fashions from all regions of Africa. The fashion show features ensembles from such countries as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda, as well as contemporary clothes by designers active in the Philadelphia area.


Basinjom mask and gown collected 1972, Ejagham, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Cloth, wood, feathers, porcupine quills, mirrors,
herbs, raffia, cowry shells, rattle, eggshell, metal,
genet cat skin, 85 inches.

Seattle Art Museum: Gift of Katherine White and the
Boeing Company.



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