The Performing Arts and Culture Series highlights the artistic and cultural diversity of performing artists of greater Portland while building community in the Kennedy Park/East Bayside Neighborhood. A number of complimentary tickets to performances are distributed to neighborhood immigrant families to help build neighborhood community through the arts. Performances range from African dance and poetry, to classical Arabic music, to Sicilian puppetry. Performing groups selected for the series receive increased promotion, recognition, and additional artist fees. This program has had past sponsorship in part from the Davis Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation.
1/8 Blue Moon Tribe, Bollywood Dancers, Aleric Vince Nez, Phil James, Taiko Maine Dojo
1/25 Contradance with live music by Soupbone , traditional southern country band.
2/14 Flying Donkey Cabaret, music and puppetry with performers from Italy, Bread and Puppet, and Portland Maine
3/18 Big Country and Bluegrass Show – Dark Hollow Bottling Co., The Potato Pickers, The Grassholes.
4/1 Balkan Party with Zemya and Cinderconk
5/14 Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble with Traditional Bellydance
5/20 OLAS Flamenco and Andalusian-inspired music, palmas, and passionate dance ensemble
7/8 Cinder Conk music drawn from the Black Sea – the wellspring of Europe’s deepest and most diverse musical traditions.
10/1 Alhan Middle Eastern Music Ensemble music of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. They also perform Muwashshahat, a classical song form developed in 10th century Andalusia and performed throughout the modern Arab world.
11/12 Tumblin’ Bones
A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.