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Bankra Caribbean Festival

York College First Annual Arts Festival: Theatre, Dance, Music, Art, Film, Workshops and Master Classes
  • What Performing Arts Center Prospective Student Performing and Fine Arts PAC Series Event Entering Student Performing Arts PAC employee Feature Performing Arts Center employee featured Student Activities Performance Current Sudents student Student Development student featured
  • When May 12, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 07:00 PM (America/New_York / UTC-400)
  • Where PAC Lawn
  • Contact Phone 718-262-2840
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Braata Productions a 501(3) non-profit organization is excited to host the 4th annual, "Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival" in partnership with York Performing Arts Center. The Bankra Caribeban Folk Festival will feature traditional authentic folk forms and experiences from different Caribbean territories. A bankra basket is a Jamaican traveling basket; usually woven, and is often carried or used as a display for a wide variety of produce. The name is inherited from the Twi language of Ghana (bonkara). This is exactly what this folk festival will replicate: the largesse beauty of the folk form uniquely represented from each island. 

There will be 3 major components to the festival: 

  1. The Stalls/Island 
  2. The Cultural Performances
  3. Pop Up Cultural Exhibit 

This event is dedicated to Folk forms and Folk culture, it will stimulate nostalgia for those who grew up with it, provide learning opportunities for others who had no knowledge of it, and will help reestablish the importance, and relevance of Folk as a viable, vibrant contributor to the Caribbean brand.

BRAATA Folk Singers

Andrew Clarke

Ernie Smith

The Braata Folk Singers are proud ambassadors of and the foremost authority on Jamaican and Caribbean folk music performance in the United States. Braata has constantly wowed audiences on some of the most prestigious stages both locally and internationally and has reaped awards of excellence from the world’s most astute connoisseurs of choral music. The group has established itself among Jamaicans and others in the wider Caribbean Diaspora for its unique and dynamic presentation of the region's folk music, combining inspired choral arrangements with drama, intricate choreography, design elements and eye-catching costume using traditional folk forms from the Caribbean region. The result is a theatrical presentation best described as “choral theater.”

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BANKRA Caribbean Folk Festival