4th Family Day Celebration at Governors Island

The sights and sounds of Africa are just a seven-minute ferry ride away! Please join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for this exceptional all-day celebration on Governors Island. This event will feature FREE dance classes with world-renowned choreographers and master teachers from Brazil, Senegal, and Guinea. There will also be FREE storytelling, double-dutch and quilting demonstrations and workshops. Short African films by emerging and veteran directors will be shown throughout the day. African food vendors will be on site. A wonderful treat for the entire family!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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DANCE CLASSES
with live drumming by world-renowned
Master Drummers
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Afro-Brazilian Dance
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Senegalese Sabar Dance
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Guinean Dance

NEEDLE ARTS
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

STORYTELLING / DOUBLE-DUTCH
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm


MASTER DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Quenia Ribeiro: A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Quenia Ribeiro’s vibrant and exciting classes include many different styles of Brazilian dance in addition to the historic Brazilian dance of samba.

Babacar M’baye: One of New York City’s most popular dance instructors of sabar dance, Babacar M’baye of Senegal draws his power from the traditions of his people and offers a wonderful dance experience to his students.

Mamady Sano: Hailing from Guinea, West Africa, Sano, performs throughout the U.S. and teaches his invigorating dance technique to students worldwide.

MASTER DRUMMERS

Afro Brazilian Drummers: Their unique drumming technique and flexibility will have you moving freely to the pulsating rhythms of Batucada.

Sing Sing Rhythm: These powerful percussionists offer up a transcendent, hypnotic festival of sound that sets bodies in motion. They are a positive, potent, percussive force of nature!

Les Merveilles de Guinea: This energetic and dynamic group of drummers continually pleases crowds as musicians with a powerful positive presence.

STORYTELLER

Malika Leigh Whitney is a storyteller, educator, author, broadcaster and director of a double dutch and jump rope training program. Accompanied by a musician, she celebrates the richness of storytelling from the African Diaspora with engaging and inspiring stories that will touch everyone.

DOUBLE DUTCH TEAM / INSTRUCTORS

The Double Dutch Dreamz invites the community to participate in a creative demonstration of fun and fitness. Children and adults are encouraged to join in on the highly spirited art of jumping single and double ropes and share delightful recollections of the rhymes which accompany the rhythms in the ropes.

NEEDLE ARTS DEMONSTRATION AND WORKSHOP

Michelle Bishop founded Harlem Needle Arts (HNA), an institute designed to promote quilting, knitting, spinning and beading while improving the quality of life for area residents. HNA is not only contributing to a resurgence of needle arts, but also preserving art forms traditionally used in African culture.

AFRICAN INSPIRED CUISINE

Les Ambassades with Chef Jules Niasse
This versatile, largely Senegalese kitchen spoons up recipes from France, North and West Africa, Vietnam, the Caribbean, and Italy, not to mention all-American omelettes, salads, and meat dishes.

The Seasoned Pot with Chef Charmain Sithappah
Charmain Sithappah’s Seasoned Pot combines the spices and flavors of the East and South, creating a unique cuisine that could have only hailed from South Africa.

AFRICAN SHORTS FILMS

Screenings throughout the day at Pershing Hall will take you take you on a fun, insightful, and inspiring journey!


African Film Festival, Inc. is sponsored by: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation and Lambent Foundation.