More than 500 elementary students filled the Gateway Theatre earlier this week to experience traditional West African culture, as part of a two-week event called Music in Our Schools.
The culture experience is one of many performances and concerts that will give more than 2,000 students a chance to experience live music and to perform using their own talents in Richmond’s own professional theatre thanks to a partnership between Gateway Theatre and the Richmond School District.
On Wednesday, elementary students from Blundell, General Currie, Gilmore, Ferris, Homma, Manoah Steves and Quilchena Elementary went to see a West African ensemble called Masabo, a group of African musicians, dancers and storytellers who have shared their culture with children and youth across West Africa, Norway and Canada and are sharing the beauty and energy of traditional West African culture.
Music in our Schools also has five evening concerts at the Gateway Theatre during the first two weeks in May that feature local secondary and elementary bands.
On May 14, another 500 students from Blair, Cook, General Currie, McKinney, and Spul’u’kwuks elementary schools alongside students from MacNeill secondary will watch Project Soul, a crew of street dancers from Vancouver that have come together to share their passions with each other and with as many communities as they can, and to inspire one soul at a time through the art of street dance.
This show will open with a special performance by the MacNeill Secondary Dance Crew.
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