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Fasina’s 40th Birthday Bash

Sat., May 26th

Fasina Wilkie, president of Kulu Mele’s board of directors, a Kulu Mele dancer, daughter of artistic  director Dorothy Wilkie, and a well-known and highly respected arts and social justice activist who has given tirelessly and vibrantly to Kulu Mele for her entire life, will celebrate a milestone birthday this Sat., May 26, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Chuck’s Alibi, 7301 Oxford Ave., Philly 19111. Tickets, priced at $15, include a chicken and fish BBQ.  80’s attire preferred. To order tickets, visit eventbrite.com and enter the search term “Fasina’s 40th Birthday Bash.”

Kulu Mele presents “First Thursdays”

West African dance & drumming classes for adults (16+)

“First Thursdays” is Kulu Mele’s all-new series of West African dance and drumming classes for adults, taught by a rotating cast of Kulu Mele artists & featuring a different style of dance and/or drumming every month. EVERYONE age 16 and up is welcome, with or without prior experience. Introductory fee is just $10 at the door (cash only, exact change appreciated, no bills larger than $20). Reservations are NOT required. Classes meet the first Thursday of each month, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., at Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave. See you June 7!

Omo Kulu Mele Children’s show

Sat., June 9

On Sat., June 9, at 2:00 p.m., children ages 5 to 15 who are enrolled in Kulu Mele’s “Omo Kulu Mele” dance and drumming classes for children, will perform a family and friends finale performance, to showcase what they have learned all school year-long. The kids will perform along with their Kulu Mele teaching artists and other Kulu Mele company members in this charming annual event. Tickets, priced at $15 (cash only, exact change appreciated, no bills larger than $20) will be available for purchase at the door beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street (one block north of Spring Garden Street, near Broad Street).  Seating is limited; so arrive early to purchase; a limited number of standing room tickets will be available for $10 each. “Omo” means child in Yoruba. Registration for next year’s children’s classes will likely begin in late July and more information will be posted here prior to that time.

Kulu Mele at PIFA, Sat., June 9

Join Kulu Mele for TWO FREE SHOWS at the Philadelphia International Arts Festival (PIFA) Street Fair, on Sat., June 9, between approximately 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., out-of-doors on Broad Street, between City Hall and South Streets.  PIFA is a program of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. More information is available at www.kimmelcenter.org/events-and-tickets/201718/pifa/street-fair/

Kulu Mele at Odunde, Sun., June 10

Come see Kulu Mele’s FREE performance at the Odunde Festival, Sun., June 10. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 23rd and South Streets.  Come see Kulu Mele drummers in the processional at Noon.  Kulu Mele performance to follow the processional in the early afternoon (exact time TBD). For more information, visit www.odundefestival.org.

Kulu Mele at Juneteenth

Sat., June 23

Kulu Mele will perform on a float in the Juneteenth Parade, beginning at Noon on Sat., June 23, at 15th Street and JFK Blvd.; and Kulu Mele will perform again on the Amphitheater stage at Penn’s landing, at approximately 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. Both events are FREE. This gigantic annual festival attracts 25,000+ attendees every year.  It is presented by the Philadelphia Community of Leaders.  For more information, please go to www.juneteenthphilly.org

Everything DANCE in Philly

Looking for dance classes? Performances? Auditions & more? PhiladelphiaDANCE.org is a treasure trove of resources for dancers, choreographers, students, teaching artists, teachers & dance fans in Philadelphia. PhiladelphiaDANCE.org also is home to The Dance Journal, an e-zine featuring articles by many of Philly’s best dance writers & critics. Browse & search PhiladelphiaDANCE.org for free or join to support it. Membership starts as low as $10 per year. Kulu Mele is proud to be an organizational member of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org.

Kulu Mele performs at Jacob's Pillow.
Highlights from Celebrating Senegal, the all-new show that Kulu Mele premiered at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, during November, 2015
Hip hop encore at Jacob's Pillow.
Omo Kulu Mele children's show, June 6, 2015
Kulu Mele performance as part of the Pope's visit to Philadelphia, September 26, 2015
Kulu Mele performance as part of the Come Together Dance Festival in Philadelphia, July, 2015
Kulu Mele dancer Tekeytha Fullwood sings as well as she dances -- check out her new music video!

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