BAM’s Dance Africa Festival

June 2nd, 2009
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Memorial Day was busy. After hanging out at Habana Outpost, Tammi and I went to the Dance Africa festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
In the last few years, the festival has effectively taken the place of the African Street Festival, which had been a summer milestone every year since my childhood. After moving from Boys & Girls High School to Commodore Barry park under the BQE, it has faltered into obscurity.
Thankfully, Dance Africa is a lot of fun in its own right, though much smaller.
We didn’t catch any of the dance performances that are usually hosted in front of BAM this year, but we did wade into the market area and peruse the wares on offer. Carvings, fabric, and all sorts of food could be found as African, American and West Indian music blasted from one booth after another.
And what could mark the beginning of summer more than running into friends I haven’t seen in years? In the sea of people, we just happened to see Olivia and Taya, who I don’t think I’ve seen since High School, many moons ago.
Hopefully the weather will begin to cooperate and there will be more such outings throughout the season.

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