Purdue Black Cultural Center's annual Cultural Arts Festival Friday

November 26, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Black Cultural Arts Center's fall programming will culminate Friday (Nov. 30) with the annual Cultural Arts Festival at Loeb Playhouse.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $5 for students and $7 for the public and are available at Loeb Box office in Stewart Center (765-494-3933).

The BCC's Performing Arts Ensembles will celebrate the history, culture and art of Detroit, the theme of the center's Fall Cultural Arts Series. The series has focused on the contributions Detroit has made to the African-American experience and the role it played in the creation of the American middle class.

"Musical and artistic creativity, as well as stories of the passionate struggle of identity and quality in the city, fuel this year's festival," said Twana A. Harris, BCC artist in residence and festival director. "It is a story about migration. It is a story of movement from Africa to America, from Detroit (midnight) to Dawn (Canada), from bondage to freedom, from Motown to techno. Our show has it all."

The festival will feature original poems and monologues from the Haraka Writers and New Directional Players, vocal music from the Motown era by the Black Voices of Inspiration and dances by the Jahari Dance Troupe.

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-497-9611, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Sources: William P. Caise, assistant director of the Black Cultural Center, 765-494-4630, wcaise@purdue.edu

Twana Harris, 765-494-3095, harris13@purdue.edu

Related website:
Purdue University Black Cultural Center

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