Festival Events

Sommet/Mandingue/Summit: West African Dance & Drum Festival (September 25-September 29) is a five-day festival of West African culture featuring workshops and performances led by local and internationally renowned master dancers and drummers, as well as a photo exhibition, film screenings and an African marketplace.

The festival host artists from various countries in West Africa that represent the Mandingue/Mandinga people of the Ancient Empire of Mali (in the thirteenth century, this vast territory was as large as Canada and encompassed the countries known today as Mali, Guinée, Senegal, The Gambia, Côte D’Ivoire, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger). This year marks the fourth edition of this event.

The musical contributions of this influential empire endure to this day, and despite the incredible land mass, political boundaries and differences in language and religion that now separate these countries, what they all hold in common is the powerful instrument, the drum.

September 25  |  September 26  |  September 27  |  September 28  |  September 29

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