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Ashkenaz Cultural Treasures Gala

  • Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center 1317 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA, 94702 United States (map)

Ashkenaz Cultural Treasures Gala
Sunday, March 19, 6:30-8:30PM
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center,
1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley

Ashkenaz celebrates its 44th anniversary with a one-night festival of world music, our first Cultural Treasures gala, honoring six of our favorite and most dedicated Bay Area-based world artists who call the Ashkenaz stage their home: Nigerian bandleader Babá Ken Okulolo, members of the Caribbean Allstars, Balkan dance band Édessa, the dancers of Katherine Kunhiraman’s company Kalanjali: Dances of India, blues and Cajun fiddler-singer Suzy Thompson & Friends, and international dancer-choreographer Yaelisa with Caminos Flamencos.

This evening will have performances, artist discussions with Larry Kelp of KPFA, and a hosted beer/wine bar and will kick off with a variety of appetizers by Ashkenaz favorite Jeff “da Chef” Rosen. As always, Ashkenaz is an all-ages venue.

In 1973 David Nadel transformed a warehouse space on San Pablo Avenue into a dancehall devoted to presenting international and contemporary roots music and dance. As politically activated as he was, Nadel required that politics be left at the door and believed that understanding and peace could be achieved through dancing together. Since then, hundreds of artists have graced the Ashkenaz stage representing cultures from around the world, many of them cultural ambassadors in the vibrant ethnic landscape of the Bay Area itself. Tonight we honor artists who have made the Ashkenaz story one of decades of intercultural friendship through music and dance.