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December 3, 2013

Black Cultural Center's annual Cultural Arts Festival on Friday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Black Cultural Center's fall programming will culminate Friday (Dec. 6) with the annual Cultural Arts Festival – entitled INDIGO FREEDOM - 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 culture of the Gullah people, the theme of the center's Fall Cultural Arts Series. Developed using research acquired during the fall semester (which included a research tour of St. Helena Island, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.), INDIGO FREEDOM is a show the ensembles created with the guidance of their artists-in-residence.

"The gifted members of the Performing Arts Ensembles are preparing to take our audience on a journey through Gullah history and tradition," said Twana A. Harris, BCC artist-in-residence and festival director. "The show will explore themes or identity, ingenuity and resourcefulness, and community all through the lens of creative expression. INDIGO FREEDOM includes traditional Gullah folktales, music and movement, as well as original poetry and sketches. All of this makes it a show you don't want to miss."

The Performing Arts Ensembles include Black Thought Collective, Haraka Writers, New Directional Players, Black Voices of Inspiration and the Jahari Dance Troupe.

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

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