The East

PASS in NY: Rashida Bumbray with Dr. Segun Shabaka

Curator and choreographer, Rashida Bumbray hosts a conversation with Dr Segun Shabaka, Chairperson of the International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn (1971-2015). Started as a venture of independent African-centered education centres, The East and Uhuru Sasa Shule, the 43-year-old annual Brooklyn International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors.

“The primary driving force behind the International African Arts Festival is family – immediate, extended, community and global.” International African Arts Festival, Mission Statement

Rashida Bumbray is a curator and choreographer living and working in New York. Her recent project Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, engaged how self-determination can be achieved through the claiming and holding of a neighborhood–but also from radical local battles for land and dignity from the 1960s to today.

Dr. Segun Shabaka is a Brooklyn-based educator, activist and writer. He is the Chairperson of the International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn (1971-2015).

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