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Thursday Night Live: Saakumu Dance Troupe
Thursday Night Live: Saakumu Dance Troupe

Thu, Jun 01



Thursday Night Live: Saakumu Dance Troupe

Don't miss this incredible ensemble from Ghana, West Africa!

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Time & Location

Jun 01, 2023, 6:30 PM – Jun 02, 2023, 8:00 PM

Bennington, 117 Pleasant St, Bennington, VT 05201, USA

Event Details:

The Better Bennington Corporation's Thursday Night Live series launches for the second year this Thursday. We are featuring SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm on Merchants Park's Thomson Family Stage at 119 North Street. Bring your lawn chairs. This event is FREE and open to the public. Merchants Park is a substance-free park.

Since 1997, Saakumu Dance Troupe has been dedicated to introducing new audiences to traditional and contemporary Ghanaian dance and music. Saakumu is recognized as one of the leading cultural performing troupes in Ghana, West Africa and it is the resident dance company of the Dagara Music Center. The ensemble is driven by a passion for bringing innovative dances and world music to our audiences through performances in Ghana and abroad.

Saakumu Dance Troupe began touring Africa and the United States in 2008 in partnership with Griffin Brady and the Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance.  The goal was to expose traditional Ghanaian music and culture and promote holistic cross-cultural experiences. 10-15 permanent members of the Troupe annually represent Ghana and the work of the DMC around the US.

While on tour, Saakumu offers cultural performances, workshops and lectures to universities, public schools, music/dance groups and other cultural and artistic organizations.

SAAKUMU is currently wrapping up a tour here in the US marking there 15th international tour since 2008.

We will run a 50/50 during all performances so bring your singles! Raffle tickets are $2 for 1 or $10 for 12. You can pick up food from any of our downtown eateries to eat during the performance or go out downtown before or after. So many to choose from. Check our website and the DISTRX app to make your choices.

Thursday Night Live was originally made possible in 2022 by the Better Places Grant that matched $5,345 from 60 donors via a crowd-funding campaign using Patronicity with $10,000 as well as amazing sponsors.

We are actively looking for sponsors for 2023 to continue this series that is already planned out. Please email Jeanne Mintrone, Director of Operations if interested.

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