Baltimore's World Refugee Day features talented youth and adult performers that are new American artists resettled in Baltimore. This free, family-friendly festival is inside Creative Alliance! Have fun making art, support craft market, bring the kids for face painting and henna and learn about the work of refugee service providers. SAT JUN 23 | NOON-3PM | FREE
12-2PM | KIDS WORKSHOPS & VENDORS | LOBBY & 2ND FLOOR
Jackline Ndaizye: Traditional African Dancer, Baltimore first Burundian valedictorian. Born in a refugee camp in Tanzania, Jackie was only six years old when her family resettled in Baltimore, Maryland. Alumni of SEED School of Maryland, Jackie led the African Drumming and Dance group at her school. She has worked with the Refugee Youth Project to help other refugee children. She has spent her summers taking college courses at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and completing scientific research internships at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Silk Road Dance Company: Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray - World Dance professor at George Washington University - the award-winning, critically acclaimed Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents an extensive repertoire of more than 200 dances from Central Asia, Iran, the Middle East, South Asia, the Caucasus. and beyond. Silk Road Dance Company has given performances internationally in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, United Kingdom and Canada. Based in Washington, DC, the ensemble has graced prestigious national venues including two White House performances and 11 Kennedy Center appearances. They have given presentations for 10 different embassies.
Prem Raja Mahat: The Owner of the Baltimore Restaurant Nepal House is also a pop music superstar in his native Nepal, where he had the top-selling album in the country for ten straight years. Mahat plays in the traditional lok geet style, but since childhood has also gained influence from American folk and country. Mahat is also the Nepalese Honorary Consul General for Maryland.
Mokoomba: Zimbabwe’s most celebrated young band with their powerful Afro Fusion and Zim Rock music! With infectious Afro-pop grooves, lock-step dance moves, and vocal harmonies reminiscent of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, it is no wonder Mokoomba has been hailed as “quite simply the most impressive band Zimbabwe has produced in recent memory” by Afropop Worldwide’s Banning Eyre. The band’s unique mix of traditional Tonga, Luvale, & Nyanja rhythms combined with other pan-African music cultures and generous dashes of Rap, Ska, Soukous and Afro-Cuban music has gained worldwide attention.