Since 2006, Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. has been passionately dedicated to bringing the history of African culture to the masses through traditional and modern modes of performing arts, including dance, music, theatre and storytelling.
Woezo Africa continues to use the combined power of arts and education to hold events that promote compassion and understanding from and for the diverse communities with whom we connect. Woezo Africa Cultural Festival (WACF) is a Feature Celebration Site for the 2020 Alberta Culture Days that engages kids and adults alike in activities that showcase the unique histories, artistic traditions and cultural expressions from the African diaspora.
On September 12, 19 and 26 participants can expect to end their week on a high note with three Saturdays filled with traditional African drum and dance performances, stimulating arts and crafts, moving vocal artists and musicians, spirited comedians and spoken word artists, cooking classes, a screening of an award-winning documentary and a presentation of our 2020 digital UNGANISHA dance theatre production all live-streamed in the comfort of your home! With the theme of “Emerge from the Roots,” the festival intends to engage children and adults alike in activities that showcase unique histories, artistic traditions and cultural expressions to inspire minority groups to find power in their identity.
Through our collaborations with various African and Caribbean community organizations in Calgary we are able to provide multiple avenues for learning and celebration. All youth and adult workshops and events will be open for free to the public and we will be accepting optional Pay-What-You-May contributions for admission via live streaming and live audience performances.
Our ambitions for this event became a reality thanks to the support we’ve received from many people, from community members to our funders. Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors who’ve given us the chance to envision a cross-cultural learning with our arts-based approach. We could not have done it without you.
here for the arts, here for the culture.
From various dance classes to celebrity workshops, we are here to entertain and educate.
UNGANISHA was born with the intent of celebrating and sustaining the presence of African diasporic communities in Calgary.
From our professional networking event to the cultural fair, we are here to for the community.
The Greatest people.
Choreographer & dance artist
Mpoe Mogale is Black and Queer; reigning from Lebowakgomo, South Africa. Amongst many other things they do, they are a professionally trained dancer, currently with Decidedly Jazz Dance’s Professional Training Program and Woezo Africa Music and Dance Theatre Inc.
Grab some popcorns and enjoy pictures from our previous events.
UNGANISHA Professional Networking Mixer (UPNM) is an event that fosters and facilitates collaboration between industry professionals, academic institutions and other professional bodies. Individuals in arts and professional services stationed locally and abroad are given an opportunity to network and socialize in a comfortable setting while being empowered in their cultural identities. Entrepreneurs, businesses experts and creatives circulate through a series of expeditious rounds to break the ice and connect. The relaxed environment encourages successful individuals to speak candidly and one-on-one to make authentic personal connections. Participants can expect to venture outside of typical networking norms for a cultural experience with a plethora of diasporic professionals.
Our first presentation of UPNM in January 25, 2020 was a sold-out event with a gathering of 140 professionals and 15 students from the various universities in Calgary. We had 22 Black owned businesses in various sectors ranging from arts and entertainment, business and marketing, beauty and cosmetics, fashion and design, media and photography and restaurant services in attendance.
For inquiries, comments or questions, please get in touch. We will get back to you as soon as possible.