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Event Information

Title: Akwaba Cultural Exchange
Venue: FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton


Akwaba Spirit.

The performance consists of a succession of traditional African rhythms and dances that mark the abundance of the harvest or of the hunt, and reflect man's link with the supernatural alternating solo and ensemble dancing.

L'esprit Akwaba.

Le spectacle est constitué d'une succession de rythmes et danses africaines, et qui marquent l'abondance des récoltes ou l'exploit de la chasse. Cette forme d'expression traduit aussi les liens qui existeraient entre les hommes et les êtres surnarurels, alternant solo and mouvements d'ensemble

Tickets are $18 each. Children under 12 $10 each Price includes HST and Box Office charge. Please note that everyone entering the theatre requires a ticket. Patrons, with a valid ticket, wishing to hold an infant, age 12 months or younger, on their lap during the performance may request a seat pass, at the box office.

Akwaba is a commonly used word of the Akan people in Ivory Coast of West Africa, meaning “Welcome”, the way of accepting people or visitors, saying that our doors are open for them. In a sense Akwaba reflects the philosophy of this organization whose goal is to raise awareness of West Africa’s rich histories of dance and music, and to bring people together through the common appreciation of Africa’s cultural resources.

Akwaba Was built upon a core curriculum in performing arts, but it also has an educational program through workshop, lecture and class-demonstration within African dance, music and mask history.

The repertory is made up of dance, music, poetry and theatre performance derived from the social, spiritual, historical and political life of African society. This repertory is based on an extraordinary lively people culture.

Akwaba performances are classical African folk arts with rustic charm of African traditional cultures.

Jean Assamoa, a professional dancer, musician, choreographer, comedian, actor, lecturer, Consultant Teacher and African Fashion Promoter is the Founder and Artistic Director. He has been teaching, presenting and performing for over 20 years in Africa, Europe, USA and Canada.