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World Music and Dance Festival and the Global Excursions Concert celebrates Diversity and International Life at OHIO

The School of Music and the Division of Dance present the 2017 World Music and Dance Festival scheduled for the last week of March, and culminating in the Global Excursions Concert on Moms Weekend, March 31, 7:30 p.m. at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The Seventh Ohio University World Music and Dance Festival and Concert introduces students, faculty, staff and Athens community to a variety of musical sounds and dance movements from all over the world, potentially opening up new avenues for creativity, expression and appreciation of the arts.

With the increasingly complex demographics of our university, there is a great potential and need for increased opportunities for intercultural understanding, performance and appreciation of global performing arts. This festival and concert are interdisciplinary and cross-campus in nature, featuring lectures, workshops and symposiums all of which expand on the theme of diversity and the arts.

Special guest, the Honorable Abla Dzifa Gomashie, recent deputy minister for tourism, culture and creative arts of Ghana (2013-2017), will be visiting selected classes to interact with faculty and students. An open forum and discussion will also be organized focusing on the importance of global arts in education. Ms. Gomashie, a queen mother in charge of protocol in the Aflao Traditional area of Ghana, is a veteran actress, producer, writer, poet and entrepreneur. She holds a Master of Philosophy in African Studies, a multi-disciplinary degree from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.

The main concert on March 31 includes guest artists Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Joanna De Souza, Erik Forst, Kristofer Olsen, John Meriwether, Keith Moone, Roger Braun, Azagu Steel and Azaguno. This concert will also feature ensembles including the OHIO African Ensemble, OHIO Percussion Ensemble and New Chords on the Block. Students involved in the workshops earler in the week will have an opportunity to participate as well.

This celebration has become part of the university’s annual calendar of events offering our community, both the university and Athens, opportunities to develop frameworks that support intercultural understanding. Through music and movement, these events support the development of critical awareness of one’s own cultural influences by way of dialogue and exchange with other cultural influences in an effort to foster tolerance and appreciation.

This event is made possible through the generous support of Arts for Ohio, the Office of the President, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Multicultural Programs and Initiatives, Performing Arts Series, Center For International Studies, Campus Involvement Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Division of Dance, School of Music, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Women’s Center, African Studies, Patton College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

World Music and Dance Festival, Concert: Global Excursions
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
March 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
General admission: $12 and student admission is free with a valid id
Tickets available by phone at 740-593-1780