Sawubona Online is an opportunity to travel across the continent and meet its people, from the comfort of your home. Each week, you will discover one specific theme or region of Africa and explore its history and cultural richness. You will enjoy traditional songs, music and stories, learn about healing and spiritual traditions and practices, engage in traditional crafts, games or dances, and even interact with villagers in Africa! You will meet artists, elders and knowledge keepers who will proudly share their rich heritage with you.
This Online Festival is for everyone. And it's entirely FREE.
Week 1: West Africa - Sept 27-Oct 3
Week 2: Central Africa - Oct 4-Oct 10
Wek 3: Eastern Africa - Oct 11-Oct 17
Week 4: Southern Africa - Oct 18-Oct 24
Each week will be structured like this: (All times listed are PST)
Monday: Introduction - Bilingual Learn about the history and the artistic and cultural diversity of the week’s featured region. Time: 6:30 pm-8 pm
Tuesday: Performance & Cultural Education - Bilingual Enjoy an interactive performance and learn from the artists. Time: 6:30 pm-8 pm
Wednesday: African Bedtime Stories for Children - Bilingual One traditional story told in English, and one told in French. (For Eastern and Southern Africa Weeks, one story in English followed by one story in Sawhili) *For kids aged 0-99. Designed for 7-12. Time: 7:00 pm-7:45 pm
Thursday: Rhythm Day RHYTHMS: Get a glimpse of the diversity of the sounds and instruments of Africa CHANTING: Lyrics will be provided so you can sing along and learn our traditional songs. DANCE: learn a simple traditional dance routine. Time: 6:30 pm-8 pm
Friday: Game Night - Family time Traditional games, crafts and laughter! *This is for everyone, families, couples, or single folks. WE are each other’s family… Time: 6:30 pm-8 pm
Saturday: A Day in the Village - live from Africa! Experience village life! Yes, we take you to Africa for one day, so you see what it’s like, and you interact with villagers. This is a day of friendship and community connection, in rhythm. Activities will take place all day long, from 9 am to 4 pm. Exact time for each activity will be communicated after registration.
Sunday: Village Talks under the Baobab Tree Elders and Knowledge Keepers discuss traditional knowledge, spirituality, and ancestral values. Time: 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
***Several activities will be bilingual, depending on the guest leading the activity.
Register for each week OR for the entire Festival.
RESERVE YOUR PREFERRED WEEK
You can choose to focus on one specific region of Africa or more, or you can journey through all of sub Sahara Africa. It's YOUR choice.
Each day we provide you with an opportunity to know more about the cultures, the arts and the people of Africa, in Respect and Friendship — from your home. The content will be delivered to you on a Private Facebook Page.
We wish to respectfully acknowledge that we live, work, dance and play on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
Nous reconnaissons avec respect et gratitude que nous vivons, travaillons et dansons sur la terre ancestrale non-cédée des Premières Nations Salish de la côte ouest: xʷməθkʷəjˀəm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), et səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil Waututh).