When: Sat., May 20, 8 p.m. 2017
Afriky Lolo, the region's premier professional West African dance company, presents the 14th Annual African Dance Celebration. Led by Executive and Artistic Director Diadie Bathily, Afriky Lolo, composed of both youth and adult companies, creates a vibrant, larger-than-life production of lively West African dance, powerful drumming, colorful costumes and dazzling lighting design. This year's production, "Dance & Drum Voyage," features a special guest performance by the Saint Louis Osuwa Taiko, the local organization that performs, promotes, teaches and preserves the art of Japanese ensemble drumming. It also features backdrop artwork by Nigerian artist and United Nations Arts Ambassador Ibiyinka Alao.