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Free First Saturday: Around the World

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Join us for a day of international festivals presented in collaboration with Concordia Language Villages and Ragamala Dance Company. Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 6 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

Concurrently, Concordia Language Villages’ expert educators will engage families with cultural traditions from around the world. Visitors will learn about France’s Fête des Lumières, the Nordic Summer Solstice, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節 or 中秋节) … and maybe even pick up some new vocabulary words! Families will create masks, dance around a maypole, listen to moon-viewing stories, and much more.

Concurrently, Ragamala Dance Company presents its 3rd annual Ode to Navarathri festival. In Southern India, Navarathri is commemorated with a Navarathri Kolu, a time when families welcome neighbors into their homes for a celebration rooted in the sharing of art. Ragamala’s annual Ode to Navarathri expands this notion into a community-wide gathering which includes a traditional south Indian kolu, curated performances by local artists and community members, kolam rice flour design workshops, the photographic retrospective Six Yards of Memory (with collaborator Ed Bock), and a short documentary (by Perimeter Productions) chronicling how Navarathri Kolus are celebrated by Indian-Americans in Minnesota homes.

About Concordia Language Villages:
Concordia Language Villages is the premier language and culture immersion program in the United States, offering programs in 15 languages for youth, adults and families.

About Ragamala Dance Company:
Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company's work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the personal. As choreographers and performers, Ranee and Aparna create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition — secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness — to find the transcendence that lies in between. As mother and daughter, each brings her generational experience to the work — the rich traditions, deep philosophical roots, and ancestral wisdom of India meeting and merging with their hybridic perspective as Indian-American artists.

For the past 30 years, Ranee and Aparna have worked together in an intergenerational creative partnership. Together they have created their own specific sub-genre that combines a contemporary Western aesthetic with an Indian ethos.