6th Annual BaoBao Festival March 5-7, 2009: West African Drumming, Dancing, and Storytelling

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Baobao Festival

“The baobab tree, thought to be thousands of years old, is a traditional gathering place in West Africa where community matters are discussed, stories are told, and people dance and drum. The BaoBao Festival, founded in 2004 and held in Boulder and Denver each March, draws on this tradition in its mission to build community through multi-cultural experiences in the performing arts. “

6th Annual BaoBao Festival March 5-7, 2009

West African Drumming, Dancing, and Storytelling

The 6th Annual BaoBao Festival presents a vibrant performance of traditional West African dance, drumming, music and storytelling March 5-7 in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs. Former members of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble will perform and host a night of performances by the Boulder Pan African Ensemble, Streetside Hip Hop Dance Troupe and more. This diverse and educational experience will engage and entertain world culture fans of all ages.

The baobab tree, thought to be thousands of years old, is a traditional gathering place in West Africa where community matters are discussed, stories are told, and people dance and drum. The BaoBao Festival, founded in 2004 and held in Boulder and Denver each March, draws on this tradition in its mission to build community through multi-cultural experiences in the performing arts. The festival, started by Boulder resident Adjei Abankwah, a lead dancer and choreographer with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble for 11 years, has been a perennial favorite among Boulder and Denver audiences and is expanding this year to Colorado Springs.


Performances include:

· Theatrical performance by former members of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble, who will be traveling here from around the world

· Traditional West African Drumming and Dancing by the Boulder Pan African Ensemble, a group comprised of accomplished African performers living in the Boulder area

· Performances presented by Santé Natural and The Babao Festival featuring: Ricardo Lemvo, The Maquina Loca, and Charlie Sounds Highlife Band

· Hip hop dance performance by the Streetside Dancers of Boulder

BaoBao Festival 2008 Main Performance Schedule:

(Other performances, workshops, classes, and events will be listed at www.baobaofest.org.)

March 5, 7 pm

Denver School of the Arts

7111 Montview Blvd., Denver

Contact: 303-786-7030

Cost: $15 general; $8 students & seniors;
children under 10 are free
(Tickets only available at door.)

March 7, 7 pm

Boulder Theater

2032 14th Street, Boulder

Box office: 303-786-7030

Cost: $18 general; $15 students
& seniors; children under 10 are free
(Tickets available in advance and at door.)

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