On Sunday, June 29th, 2014, LA Commons will host its fourth annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of the Mask in Leimert Park, the African American cultural hub of Los Angeles. This Festival, and the workshops leading up to it, will engage diverse community members in the traditions of the African Diaspora. The festival concept originated from Najite Agindotan, a Los Angeles-based master percussionist and the son of an Urhobo tribal chief.
The festival features a procession and live musical performances at which traditional artists, youth groups, and diverse community members engage in a celebration of the global African village, paying homage to their shared heritage through mask-making and dance. The procession will feature community participants, mask dancers, giant puppeteers; all are invited to wear masks or carry photos of their ancestors or the symbolic ancestor of the festival. For this year’s musical performance, LA Commons is bringing a special guest: the Caribbean dance band KiT Tradishonal.
This event is made possible through the generous support from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the James Irvine Foundation, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. A special thanks to our community partners ECWANDC, Kaos Network, the Leimert Park Art Walk, the Crenshaw Corridor BID, Motherland Music and Community Build.
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L.A. Commons, a project of Community Partners, works in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, facilitating artistic processes, open to all, that result in highly visible public art projects that tell dynamic neighborhood stories. L.A. Commons builds community by validating the importance of local narratives, enhancing the sense of belonging felt by a broad range of stakeholders and encouraging stronger ties between the people and places of Los Angeles.
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