Thiossane (cha-sahn):

Looking Back, Moving Forward

This year at Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks, experience Thiossane, the Senegalese way of taking cues from the past to live well in the present.

Leimert Park's Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is an annual celebration of our ancestors and an invocation for the South Central LA community. Founded in 2010 by artists Najite Agindotan and Ben Caldwell in collaboration with LA Commons, Festival of Masks is a multicultural, multigenerational, and multimedia arts event that champions the vast identities of the African diaspora. 

Join us this summer as Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks goes online to celebrate the rich traditions of the African Diaspora and connect you with Black creatives from across the globe. 

 

See the full festival program 

2021 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Mask

at the Leimert Park ArtWalk
Sunday, June 27th, 12:00 - 1:30 pm (PDT)

Join us as we experience Thiossane, the Senegalese way of taking cues from the past to live well in the present. This June, we are online to celebrate the rich traditions of the African Diaspora and connect you with Black creatives from across the globe! 

The festival will be live on Zoom and streamed to Facebook and YouTube. 

All ages are welcomed and invited to travel the African Diaspora with us! 

Hosted by Bruce Lemon

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

Katalyst

Malik Sow

Ranika Adachi

Noni Olabisi

Kehinde

Sankofa Leaders

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Ancestor Mask and Song Workshop

Saturday, June 19th, 2021 in Leimert Park and Online

Mask making and song with Rene Fisher-Mims, Ranika Adachi, and S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi direct from Leimert Park!

Join Ranika Adachi on Youtube in making a Dogon Kanaga Mask.

 

Download the mask template 

Community Arts Workshops

Sankofa Arts with Ranika Adachi

Saturdays  May 8 - June 12

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

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Ancestor Mask Making
with Maria Elena Cruz

Saturdays  May 8 - June 12

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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.

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Diaspora Dialogues

Rhythm of Thiossane

April 18, 2021

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

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Visual Arts and Dogan Cosmology

May 23, 2021

A conversation with musician Abdullatif Bell Tounkara and multi-media artist Aziz Diagne, moderated by fine artist and muralist Brittney Price

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Proudly Black!

June 13, 2021

Join Sunny Moore and Melanesia Hunter as they discuss Senegal, one of the world's fashion capitals, and the style of a people who bring a special look to every endeavor, declaring with each step what it means to be Black and proud. 

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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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