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.
Listen to a March 23, 2017 interview with the Honorable Abla Dzifa Gomashie on WOUB here
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.
7th OU World Music and Dance Festival & Moms Weekend Celebration
Celebrating Diversity and International Life at OU
March 22–31, 2017
Special Guest of Honor and Artist in Residence:
Hon. Abla Dzifa Gomashie (Mamaga Dzramedo 1 of Aflao)
Former Deputy Minister
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ghana
Traditional Queen Mother, Ghana
CONCERT (Open to the public)
Friday, March 31, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
World Music and Dance Festival, Concert: Global Excursions.
Chore poem The Girls Who Did and The Girls Who Can (Drama, Dance and Live Music)
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
General admission: $12
Student admission: Free with valid id (made possible by Arts for Ohio)
Tickets available by phone at 740-593-1780
Wednesday, March 22, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lecture: Gender and Social Activism in Ghana/Africa
Multicultural Center - Baker University Center 205
Friday, March 24, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Lecture: Autobiographical: On Being an Artist, Women’s Activist, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, and Traditional Queen mother of Aflao, Ghana
Alden Library – Faculty Commons (3rd floor)
Monday, March 27, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lecture: The Girls Who Did and The Girls Who Can (Poetry Recital & Discussion)
Women’s Center, Baker University Center 403
Monday, March 27, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Lecture: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Ghana
Interdiscplinary Arts Seminar Room (1 S. Court St., Rm 068)
Tuesday, March 28, 10:30–11:50 a.m.
Lecture: The Arts of Traditional and Contemporary Africa: Dance
Putnam Hall 321 (Dance 3550)
Tuesday, March 28th, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Lecture: International Tourism – Opportunities in Ghana
Morton Hall 126, Patton College of Education
Wednesday, March 29, 4:35–5:50 p.m.
Lecture: Gender and Politics in Africa
Ellis Hall 106 (English 3830)
Friday, March 31, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Lecture: The Making of An International Artist
Putnam Hall 134