3RD ANNUAL ADIRONDACK GLOBAL ARTS FESTIVAL

  • Free

"Engaging cultures through music, dance, film, food, and the visual arts."

The Adirondack Global Arts Festival is an annual community event that was created with the purpose of promoting culturally diverse arts programming in the Adirondacks. The festival this year includes opportunities for the whole family to engage in exploring world culture and arts.

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Reason 2 Smile, Adirondack Diversity Initiative, John Brown Lives, ROOST, and Adirondack Film Society have collaborated to bring this festival to the communities of the Adirondacks.

Below are a few highlights of the events. See the full schedule of events here.

Jamaican Sing Along

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • 1 - 2 p.m.

Is learning languages your passion? Spend an hour learning the native languages of Jamaica, Patwa, through song. This sing-a-long is sure to open your heart to a world of beautiful song.

Amy Nelson is a resident of Keene, transplanted here from Madison, Wisconsin where she taught K-12 music in the public schools for 20 years and in a dual language charter school for five of those years. She got her masters degree at Vandercook College of Music and for the last three and a half years has taught K-12 general and choral music at Westport Central School here in the Adirondacks. She also performs regionally as a soloist, collaborating with a variety of artists in the area, from folk to jazz to opera. This offering is borne of a shared passion for the flavors of language and what a multicultural approach can do to connect us all to ourselves and each other.

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Indian Drumming Workshop

Indian Drumming Workshop

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • 3 - 4 p.m.

Explore the rhythms of India! The class will discuss simple phrases, or bols. The bols will be recited and the instructor will guide students to play the drums while reciting the phrases. All levels are welcome to attend. Bring a drum (if you have one) and your positive energy to share in this collaboration.

Alan Simon has been playing the Tabla for over a decade. He has been under the tutelage of Ustad Bashir Khan an exponent of the Punjab Gharana and has also learnt from the illustrious Pandit Swapan Chaudhry and Ustad Tari Khan. His most recent endeavor, Alan Simon and Cultural Exchanges, combines traditional Indian music and world music with blues and jazz.

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African Dancing Workshop

African Dancing Workshop

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • 3 - 4 p.m.

Learn traditional west African dance with Soma Beats dancers. Move to the beats and let it all go! Participants should wear loose fitting clothing and plan on dancing barefoot.

Rhythm is their soul and dancing is their passion. Soma Beats is a North Country West African dance tribe. They have been performing and teaching in the area for over a decade spreading the love of dance. From the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival parade to wedding ceremonies, they bring the house down!

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Tequila Tasting at Desperados (21 and over)

Tequila Tasting at Desperados (21 and over)

  • Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • 5 - 6 p.m.

What could top off an afternoon of amazing workshops better than tequila! Stop in to Desperados to try out some of the world's best tequila. Compare and contrast favorites with friends and talk all things tequila with knowledgeable staff.

Must register ahead of time with LPCA. Payment due at the door at Desperados ($10).

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For more information on the Global Arts Festival, email Tammy at adkglobalartsfest@gmail.com.