Schedule of Events

Events in italics are part of Erik Ehn's Arts in the One World Festival, looking at "art-in-the-prisons for best practices, living a long time, how 2 build a system, open theaters, create network"These events are free.

Events with marked with a * are required for students of the Mande class.


9-11:30am     Arts in Prisons Workshop with Rhodessa Jones (AOW) - Granoff Studio 1
12-2pm          Lunch and Discussion:  Providence as Artistic Home at AS220 (AOW)
3:30-5pm       "To See The Stars" Performance with Ron Jenkins (AOW) - Ashamu

7-10pm         The Communal Bowl and Opening Performances*
Invited artists and social organizers will lead discussions on arts and their role in activism and social change over dinner, using malnutrition in Mali as a key topic.  An extension of a discussion started in Mali in summer 2011 as part of the Rhythm of Change initiative. Traditional Malian cuisine will be served.  Performances follow.  $20/person or Festival Wristband required.  (Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell St.)

See our directions & lodging page for information on class locations (also in italics)


Workshops & Events:  $15 each or Festival Wristband

9-10am:  Workshops*:
  • YOGA - Michelle Bach-Coulibaly (Brown)  Ashamu
  • MEDITATION - Thomas Coburn (Naropa/Brown)  Sayles

10:15-11:45am   Workshops*:
  • SONG IN ACTIVISM (emphasis: Democratic Republic of Congo) – Chérie Rivers Ndaliko (Harvard)  Lyman 005
  • DJEMBE DRUMMING – Sidy Maiga  (Mali/Providence)  Cave
  • TRADITIONAL MALIAN DANCE – Seydou Coulibaly (Mali/Providence) with Djibril Coulibaly (Mali) Ashamu

12-1:30pm   Workshops*
  • MANDE SONG – Joh Camara (Mali/Boston) with Sali Soumare (Mali)  Granoff Center Studio 1
  • DJEMBE DRUMMING – Moussa Traore (Mali/Boston) Cave
  • CONTEMPORARY MANDE DANCE - Lacina Coulibaly (Burkina Faso / Yale) Ashamu

 1:30-3pm  Lunch Break

1-2:30pm  Lunch and Discussion:  "Living a Long Time: Sustaining Practice Sustaining Conversation" at Matthewson St.  Please only attend if you can commit to the entire lunch.

3-4:30pm  Lecture*:  Cultural Preservation as Activism (Thomas Riccio)  (in cooperation with AOW)  Ashamu

4:30-6pm  Workshops*:
  • BURKINABE DANCE – Lacina Coulibaly (Burkina Faso / Yale)  Sayles Hall
  • DOUN-DOUN DRUMMING – Joh Camara (Mali / Boston) Cave
  • MANDE DANCE – Solo Sana (Mali) Granoff Studio 1
  • TRADITIONAL MALIAN DANCE – Sali Soumare (Mali) Ashamu
6-8pm  Dinner Break

9pm  Headline Performance by Festival Artists*  Ashamu

10:30pm - 1:00am  UHURU AFRIKA Afro-diasporic Dance Floor Explosion  Dance Party! Ashamu  $3 students / $5 public - 9pm guests & wristband holders get in for free


10-11am  Workshops*:    
  • YOGA - Michelle Bach-Coulibaly (Brown)  Ashamu
  • MEDITATION - Thomas Coburn (Naropa/Brown)  Sayles

11:15am-12:45pm  Workshops*:
  • DJEMBE DRUMMING – Alhassane Sissoko (Mali) Cave
  • MALIAN DANCE – Djibril Coulibaly (Mali) Ashamu
  • MANDE DANCE – Joh Camara (Mali / Boston)  Sayles Hall

1-2pm  Lunch Break

2-3:30pm  Workshops*:
  • TRADITIONAL MALIAN DANCE – Seydou Coulibaly (Mali / Providence) Granoff Studio 1
  • TRADITIONAL MALIAN DANCE – Sali Soumare (Mali) Ashamu

2-4pm  Active Improvisation:  Creating A Viable Message  (invitation only, observation upon special request)
Selected participants - students, artists, scholars, activists - come together to improvise a viable message for a special topic.
4:15pm  Closing Ceremony & Ritual*

Schedule subject to change.
Contact with questions.