The 7th annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida (A.D.D.D.F.F) presented by Delou Africa Inc. is set to be an exceptionally high-spirited family friendly multi-cultural arts and educational event. Delou continues to Bridge Cultural Gaps by expanding the knowledge base of the community through a variety of program components for the entire family. Participants can enjoy African, Modern and Caribbean dance, drum and music workshops, a health fair, a raffle drawing for two round trip tickets to South Africa, an artisan marketplace, a free children’s village zone that includes, African folktale, dance, drum, arts & crafts, face painting, jump rope, and a book bag give-away.
Delou’s concert extravaganza will headline New York’s Forces of Nature Dance Theater, celebrating thirty-five years of cultural artistic expression of excellence, under the leadership of founder Abdel Salaam who was recently appointed Artistic Director by Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis, the founder of the national DanceAfrica network. The festival concert will also feature world renowned performers and talented local artists representing Africa, the Caribbean, United States of America and Delou Africa Dance Ensemble. Our MC will be South Florida’s one and only spoken word artist Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns.
Immediately following the concert Delou will host a gala reception fundraiser to benefit their ongoing programs and events. Entertainment will include: Pantastick Steel Orchestra, Fun Generation costume showcase for the 2016 Miami Broward One Carnival and DJ Isis and DJ Bunny. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.
Since its inception, this multi-cultural outreach event has attracted local, national and international participants while connecting the African Diaspora to South Florida diverse communities. Past success is reflected in the nearly 10,000 participants who attended the festival since 2010. This movement is under the artistic prowess of Njeri Plato, founder and Executive Director of Delou Africa Dance Ensemble and Delou Africa, Inc.