What is BaoBao Festival?
The BaoBao Festival offers African music, drum and dance workshops, vibrant performances by professional artists from West Africa, cultural markets, storytelling, flute serenades, and samples of food from all across the continent. The Festival is inspired by the age-old tradition of communities gathering under the Baobab tree to tell stories, sing, dance and drum.
The mission is to educate, entertain and inspire community members through the traditions and performing arts of West Africa. Thanks to the support of many volunteers, this tradition has carried on in Colorado for the last 13 years.
Who are the Performers?
The Festival is a multifaceted collaboration between local and international performing artists. African national artists from both within the United States and directly from many of Ghana’s ten regions alike congregate in Colorado with festival organizer, Adjei Abankwah. Adjei was a lead dancer and choreographer with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble for 11 years. These highly acclaimed international performers are joined by local dance troupe, Mokomba, and a welcoming variety of other local community artists.
Where to join in the fun? BaoBao performances have occurred all along the Front Range from Boulder to Colorado Springs and into mountain towns such as, Carbondale, Steamboat Springs and surroundings. This year our shows span from intimate audiences at individual schools and libraries to large-audience performances at The King Center at Metro State, Shine Restaurant and Casey Middle School.
A Little Background:
In Ghana, people have gathered under the Baobab Tree to sing, dance, drum, and tell stories for as long as anyone can remember. This multi-generational experience has been a cornerstone of Ghanaian community. The baobab tree, from which the festival derives its name, serves as a symbol of unity among many African communities. It is where the community gathers to celebrate life and its many opportunities. At such gatherings, music, dance, storytelling and enactment form an integral part.
What can I expect?
The BaoBao Festival offers primarily evening performances spotted with morning and afternoon workshops and performances.
The artists encourage and thrive on audience participation from both the local and wider community during performance week.
Community members of all ages and backgrounds, are invited to take part in a series of events and performances filled with spirit and dedication.