The Penn Museum To Host An “Imagine Africa” Free Community Day, February 18: Drums And Dance Performances, Crafts And More

The Women’s Sekere Ensemble, a group of percussionists specializing in traditional West African music, will perform at the Imagine Africa Free Community Day, February 18. (Photo courtesy Penn Museu).

The Penn Museum will open its doors for a Free Community Day this Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., as part of its ongoing “Imagine Africa” program, an engaging, year-long project exploring the public’s perception of the diverse continent.

Throughout the day, performers, presenters and family-friendly activities are scheduled to bring traditional African culture and art to the campus.

Here’s a preview of some of the day’s headliners:

• The Women’s Sekere Ensemble, a West African-inspired music group will perform twice, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

• LaSalle University’s Neo-African Drums ‘n Dance will spotlight traditional South Africa sounds and dance at 3:30 p.m., following their engaging workshop at 1:45pm.

• Presenters will share stories about their life and work, including: Dr. Mary Osirim (Bryn Mawr College sociology professor, co-editor of Global Philadelphia, Immigrant Communities Old and New), Members of AFRICOM and students of Penn’s African Studies Center.

Between acts, guests are encouraged to tour the African Gallery and Egyptian Galleries. And all day long, a station will be set up encouraging visitors to craft their own African-style drums and masks.

This interactive and educational day is sure to be an eye-opening experience. If you can’t attend, be sure to tune in to 100.3 The Beat (sponsoring the event), between 11 a.m.-2 p.m., to hear Lady B broadcast live from the Museum.

Imagine Africa at the Penn Museum, Free Community Day
When: Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Free
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