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Mbongui Square is an annual arts event organized by Kiandanda Dance Theater, which gathers dance, music, visual arts and spoken word artists of varied styles and artistic choices, from the Bay Area and across the world for a sharing of their talent and art.
What defines Mbongui Square is interdisciplinary arts + multicultural community.
This arts event, launched in 2012, came from the desire to reinforce the notion of community through the arts. The event is represented by artists from diverse art forms and backgrounds on a shared, unique platform space.
Mbongui is a word originated from the Congo that refers to togetherness. It refers to a place where family, neighbors, passers-by and foreigners from different ethnicities come together to share meals, stories, and knowledge, and/or receive assistance from the community.
In Mbongui Square, we break with the formal performance setting and artists perform a piece of their professional art repertory they think is worth sharing with the world. Mbongui Square is a place where artists meet and give themselves the opportunity to collaborate with others for future projects. It is a transformative place; an inspiring place in which each person's story may represent a new direction, a new way to take one's artwork, another way to keep breaking with boundaries. Artists have five to ten minutes of performance time.
The diverse community of the Bay Area is invited to be witnesses to the artists' journey, to divulge your own experiences, to offer feedback and to help create a sense of interconnectedness amongst all.
Kiandanda Dance Theater believes now is the time to return to the Mbongui, the time to take action and to show and speak about how the arts can lead to deeper human connection.
Mbongui Square celebrates the Arts.
Mbongui Square is the wealth of our differences