2nd Annual Orisa Urban World Festival Kicks Off, Runs till Dec. 2



 A dancer holds a ‘Protection Shield’ created by artist Gale Madyun.

The Prosperity Movement presents “The 2nd Annual Orisa Urban World Festival.” The festival takes place from November 2 to December 2, with events at various Bay Area locations, including UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Regina’s Door in Oakland, and Rafiki Coalition of San Francisco.

All events, a combination of creating art, viewing art, spirituality and conscious entertainment, are free.

The theme of this year’s festival, “Protection Shields,” reflects the need to use spirit, art and culture to unite communities in the exploration of protection, healing, and wellness.

Opening night at the museum featured the unveiling of 16 Protection Shields by artist Gail Madyun who will lead the workshops for the festival, performances by Sula Spirit, the Prosperity Movement and Dakrari Dance Medicine Collective and conversations on Sacred Protection

As part of First Friday, ‘House Full of Black Women’ conducted a street ritual of protection outside Regina’s Door accompanied by Awon Ohun Omnira and MJ’s Brass Boppers, followed by healer Lea Arellano and performances by the Prosperity Movement and ‘Voices of Protection,’ a group of young poets.

On November 4, nationally renowned performance poet Sunni Patterson will conduct a workshop on forgiving and forgetting after attendees have an opportunity to get free acupuncture, massage or chiropracty. Patterson and other poets will perform in the afternoon.

A fusion of Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Reggae and Orisa music will featured at the Legionnaire Saloon on November 8 in Oakland.  WolfHawkJaguar accompanies “Cops & Robbers,” a one-man play by Jinho Ferreiro, with an after-party where attendees are asked to wear their fanciest white clothes at 2120 Allston Way in Berkeley.

Offerings for November 11 begin with song and protection shield workshops by Sula Spirit and Gale Madyun and end with a film festival benefiting former Black Panther Charlotte O’Neal’s United African Alliance Community Center in Tanzania, featuring “Voices for Freedom: The Hyers Sisters Legacy” by Susheel Bibbs.

For more information and details on the full schedule, click here.


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