1996 So Sabi Cape Verdean Folklife Festival

Saturday, June 1, 1996

Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116


The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) announces So Sabi The 1996 New England Cape Verdean Folklife Festival, which will take place at the BCA on Saturday, June 1, 1996.

Events for school children (Elementary, Middle, and High School) will talke place on Friday, May 31.

So Sabi celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Cape Verdean community in New England. The Cape Verdean culture is the largest, oldest Criolo culture to come to the U.S. of their own free will, an important element in the culture of New England for over 150 years. There are many ties - contemporary and historical - between New England and Cape Verde: shipping, whaling, the cranberry industry, and more. Today there are more than 300,000 residents of New England who are recent immigrants of Cape Verde or descendants of Cape Verdean immigrants. Their large representation in the Boston-area provides an opportunity for celebrating their culture.

Presented as part of the BCA's Folk Arts Program, the festival is produced by Nancy Baptist of Pronta Presentations, and coordinated by ethnomusicologist Daniel L. Kahn. So Sabi builds on the Smithsonian Institution's 1995 Festival for American Folklife, which featured the Cape verdean culture, with performances, exhibitions, and workshops taking place in the Cyclorama, the Center's three theaters and the outdoor plaza.


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