2021 Day of the Ancestors: 
Festival of Masks

Thank you to everyone for the 2021 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks, where we experienced Thiossane, the Senegalese way of taking cues from the past to live well in the present.

See the festival recording below and explore the Diaspora Dialogues and Workshops.


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Join host Bruce Lemon and celebrate drumming, dance, poetry, masks, and song. 

Magatte Fall & Maxx Percussion

World Premiere by S.H.I.N.E. MUWASI & 

Rene Fisher-Mims

Najite Agindotan & Olokun Cultural Group

Blessing by Imodoye Shabazz

Poetry by S. Pearl Sharp and Triniti Daniel-Robinson 

Lula Washington Dance Theater


Malik Sow

Ranika Adachi

Noni Olabisi


Sankofa Leaders

Photo Credit: Halline Overby

Ancestor Mask and Song Workshop

Make a Dogon Kanaga Mask with Ranika Adachi.


View on Youtube and download the mask template.


Diaspora Dialogue:
Rhythm of Thiossane

Join us for a dynamic conversation between Master Drummer Malik Sow and his son, Grammy Award winning artist, Magatte Fall

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Community Arts Workshops

Ancestor Mask Making  with Maria Elena Cruz

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Design and create your own mask as you learn about masks of the Senegal region and make a mask to honor your ancestors.


Sankofa Arts with Ranika Adachi

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Build community as you explore the arts of Senegal and the African Diaspora to create art that celebrates ancestors.


Thank you to all of our partners who makes the Festival of Masks possible: 

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2021 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is supported, in part, by: 

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