Willamette University celebrates “Africa on the Move” Feb. 20-22

by University Communications,

Several family friendly events are planned for “Africa on the Move” at Willamette University Feb. 20-22.

“‘Africa on the Move’ is a unique opportunity to learn about the rich and diverse African continent,” says Mariah Grubb '14, president of the Willamette African Studies Club. “Whether you want to discover a new country, try a new food, purchase an African craft, or learn a new dance, our celebration has something for everyone.”

The ninth annual celebration of Africa begins Feb. 20 with “Africa Matters,” a dance performance by Rainbow Dance Theatre of Monmouth, Ore. A lecture by anthropologist John Comaroff was initially scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall. Because of illness, Comaroff is unable to attend, but Rainbow Dance Theatre will continue to perform as scheduled. [UPDATED Feb. 18]

Rainbow Dance Theatre’s eight dancers will perform “One Village, Many Tribes,” which will use rhythms and movement to represent diverse cultures from the African Diaspora.

Other free activities planned for “Africa on the Move” include an African dancing and drumming workshop, an Africa cup soccer tournament and a world market — all in Sparks Athletic Center.

Darryl Thomas of the Rainbow Dance Theatre is leading the workshop, scheduled Feb. 21 from 4:30-6 p.m., while the soccer tournament and world market are scheduled for Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration fees from the soccer tournament will benefit Grassroot Soccer, an organization dedicated to HIV/AIDS education and awareness.

Grubb says the 3 v 3 soccer tournament will showcase teams from multiple African countries. And the world market will enable people to purchase a rich and vibrant array of handicrafts, jewelry, clothing and art — all while taking in the sounds and tastes of Africa.

“For the young and young at heart, there will be numerous activities ranging from interactive passports to bracket competitions surrounding the soccer tournament,” Grubb says. “And of course, there’ll be some delicious food.”

A complete schedule of Africa-themed activities is available online at Africa on the Move.