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What's Going On : Nelson Mandela, John Coltrane, and a Cincinnati Evening at The Banks
Date posted: March 1, 2017
Posted by: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC)
Photos: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC)
The NationThe National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has partnered with Constella Festival of Music
and Fine Arts for a Cincinnati Evening at The Banks. The evening includes the exhibition opening reception for
Mandela: The Journey To Ubuntu and Luminous Dance on Friday, March 24, 2017.
Mandela: The Journey To Ubuntu, a world-premiere exhibition, commemorates the life and legacy of former
South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the
locations that had played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal
fight for freedom. The exhibition opening reception begins at 5:00 p.m. and offers timed tours until 7:00 p.m.
South African documentary photographer Matthew William will speak at 7:15 p.m. The exhibition opening
reception includes light appetizers, wine and beer and will run from 5-8:00 p.m. Tickets are available for
purchase online for $25. Discounted tickets are available to students for $10. Seating is limited. Mandela: The
Journey To Ubuntu is sponsored by John and Francie Pepper, Macy’s, and ArtsWave.
Following the exhibition opening reception, Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts, in conjunction with the
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and MamLuft&Co., presents two new world-premiere contemporary
dance performances at Luminous Dance at 8:00 p.m. in the Harriet Tubman Theater. One of the performances,
inspired by John Coltrane's masterpiece "Spiritual," engages historic African American folklore, with themes
of ritual, loss, joy and power. Intermedia in nature, the dancers embark on a contemporary migration of the
spirit through time as paced by Coltrane's wonderfully complex composition. The evening also features the
visual art of Saad Ghosn, a Cincinnati native and well-known local artist who frequently utilizes the theme of
social justice in his work. Tickets are available for purchase online for $25. Discounted tickets are available to
students for $10. Seating is limited.
The evening will culminate with an after-party at Taste of Belgium at The Banks.
Tickets are available online at freedomcenter.org and constellaarts.org for each Cincinnati Evening at The
Banks event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Learn more at freedomcenter.org .
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