The Third Annual World Music & Dance Festival will feature a Global Excursions Concert, open forum and workshops ranging from Japanese Taiko drumming to Azerbaijan dance. The festival began on January 23rd and will run until the closing concert on February 2nd. The purpose of the event is to challenge students, faculty and staff to go beyond the classroom and experience the culturally diverse arts first-hand.
“The world is changing so fast, globalization is taking over. There is no way you can survive if you’re only stuck in your own bubble,” said Paschal Yao Younge, associate professor of multicultural music education and a director of the event. “You have to go beyond the classroom, go beyond the syllabus.”
The Global Excursions Concert will be held on Saturday, February 2nd beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The concert will feature various musical and dance performances from Guinea, Italy, Trinidad, Spain, Ukraine and more. Special guests include Alessandra Belloni, Sashar Zarif, Chengxin Wei, Chanler Bailey, Eric Paton, Eric Fountain, Luwen Zhang, Scott Roether, Azaguno, Stewed Mulligan: Appalachian String Band Tradition and the Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Tickets are free for OU students with a valid ID, $12 general admission and $9 for non-OU students. Tickets can be purchased at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium ticket office during regular business hours or by calling the ticket office at 740-593-1780.
A Latin American and Caribbean Culture and Arts open forum will be held in the Walter Hall Rotunda Wednesday, January 30th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. with refreshments following. The regional focus of the panel changes annually, and this year will concentrate on the politics of music in Guyana, Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures and culture and the environment in Brasil.
The daily events feature both professors and international artists’ leading music and dance workshops that are free for all Ohio University students, faculty and staff. Workshops include Chinese, Italian and Azerbaijan dance and steel, Italian and Japanese Taiko drumming, and many more.
The locations and times of workshops vary but a detailed schedule can be found by clicking here.
Contact: College of Fine Arts Manager of Marketing and Communications Claire Berlin at (740) 597-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paschal Yao Younge, School of Music, email@example.com.