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Solas Nua’s THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT at The Yards Marina

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Solas Nua, the DC-based organization bringing Irish contemporary arts state-side, has gone back two hundred years to find inspiration for its upcoming production, The Frederick Douglass Project. Commissioned to commemorate Douglass’ bicentennial, the production explores the abolitionist and leader’s 1845 visit to Ireland.

Non-historians and historians alike may be surprised to learn about this piece of the Douglass story, but it is unquestionably one of the most significant chapters in his life. On the heels of the publication of his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass traveled to Europe, spending six months touring Ireland in what would turn out to be the early days of the “Great Hunger” (1845-1849).

It was in Ireland that Douglass would come into his own, hone his skills as orator and leader, free from the constant fear of retribution, which he lived under in the United States. Douglass would write to William Lloyd Garrison that in Ireland, he was “not treated as a color, but as a man”. Inspired by the words of those advocating for Catholic Emancipation in Ireland, particularly Arthur O’Connor and Daniel O’Connell, Douglass grew to appreciate the power of language and vocabulary in the struggle for human rights.

The Frederick Douglass Project explores this unique period in Douglass’ life through the work of two esteemed playwrights, Psalmayene 24 (“An Eloquent Fugitive Slave Flees to Ireland”) and Deirdre Kinahan (“Wild Notes”), and through the blending of both African American and Irish cultures. For Psalmayene 24, this project is about more than the retelling of history. It is about busting open the box, both figuratively and literally. Leaving behind the well-known image of Douglass as a white-haired statesman

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KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL | Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5

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Liberated Muse Arts Group
brings you one
#FortheCulture
Friday, August 3- Sunday, August 5, 2018
KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL
an arts & empowerment festival 
celebrating African-American culture
FREE ADMISSION WITH TICKET!
Creative Presentations, 
including 
SHORT FILMS | MUSIC | VISUAL ART EXHIBIT
AND MORE!
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Including a lively kids hour featuring 
children’s books, music and movement
centering the experiences of Black people!
THREE DAYS OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT, KNOWLEDGE SHARING & ENJOYMENT

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New Musical Tackles Gentrification In The Historic Anacostia Community

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Through the Anacostia Musical Theatre Lab, interviews with residents of Anacostia were conducted to highlight the vital stories of this neighborhood in transition. The Lab aims to reflect the voices of the community and provide opportunities for undeserved populations to use music as a means of storytelling, healing and hope. The project will commence with a workshop performance on Friday, June 29 at 8PM, Doors 7:30PM in the Anacostia Arts Center Blackbox at 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC. A talk-back/community conversation hosted by local spoken word and visual artist Harvey Fitz will follow.

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and should be reserved by emailing anacostiamusical@gmail.com.

Starring LJ Moses, Karen Elle, Alesia Ashley, Brittney Sankofa, Patricia Williams Dugueye, Preshona Ambri, Miriam Bowden, Amber Waltz and Nicole Summons.

Book by Star Johnson, Lyrics by Star Johnson, Alesia Ashley, Preshona Ambri and Sisi Reid, Music, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Amber Waltz, Julian Johnson and Boom Washington.

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Crumell for Community | June 30 12pm – 5pm

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Empower DC is a citywide membership based organization committed to racial, economic and environmental justice.
Join as a member and help Empower DC
Organize Community Power!

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