Free African Movies, Dance and Craft Classes Headed to Governors Island

By Irene Plagianos on August 20, 2014 3:03pm 

 A storytelling session during the African Film Festival's 2013 celebration on Governors Island engaged its young audience.
A storytelling session during the African Film Festival's 2013 celebration on Governors Island engaged its young audience.
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African Film Festival/Fran├žoise Bouffault

GOVERNORS ISLAND — Take a Senegalese dance class, learn how to quilt, and watch short films, all for free, during a day of events celebrating African culture and traditions.

On Sept. 7, the African Film Festival is bringing a slate of gratis programming back to Governors Island for their seventh annual Family Celebration Day.

Along with a host of outdoor dance lessons with live musicians, needle arts classes and short films, the day will also feature double-dutch workshops and the chance to hear African story-telling.

The day’s events begin at 11 a.m., with a Zumba and Horton dance class, followed by a dance lessons in Afro- Brazilian, Senegalese and Guinean dance. A workshop on needle arts is slated for 12 p.m., and a double-dutch and storytelling session is scheduled to start at 3;30 p.m.

A selection of African Films will be also be screened from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

African food will also be available for purchase throughout the day.

In case of rain, the celebration will take place the following weekend, on September 14.

For more information, head to AFF's website.


 

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