2014 Calendar


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Swim, Bike, Run or Walk for Congo!
August 15 - Lake Tahoe
August 23, Lake Merritt, Oakland

Last summer, CongoSwim participants and donors made it possible for five women and youth-led groups in the DR Congo to receive grants.  Please check out our Who We Support page to learn more about the work the groups are doing for lasting peace and a future free of violence against women and children.  

Continue your support this summer by doing at least one of the following:

1.Register a summer activity - CongoSwim has expanded beyond swimming and participants are even dedicating their summer-long fitness goals and BBQs with friends
2.Make a tax-deductible donation
3.Encourage a child to participate by sharing the FOR KIDS page 
4.Join the August 15 Lake Tahoe Relay (youngest swimmer is 8 and oldest is over 70!)
5.Sign-up for the August 23 CongoSwim Lake Merritt Walk 

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August 15 - 21st

The Film "Finding Fela"
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world.....read more....

Sunday, August 31 

Bombino, Waterstrider, Harry Duncan
The Independent, San Francisco, CA

Tuareg guitarist and singer Omara "Bombino" Moctar made his Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Nomad on April 2, 2013. The album was recorded with 2013 Grammy Award-winning Producer of the Year Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound....read more...

Wednesday September 10 
7:30 pm 

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Black Nature Band

The Independent, San Francisco, CA

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy.....read more...
Saturday, September 27 

Malian Superstar: Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco, CA

More than any other artist, Toumani Diabaté is responsible for introducing the kora—a 21-string harp unique to West Africa—to audiences around the world. The son of kora pioneer Sidiki Diabaté and heir to an unbroken musical tradition extending back 71 generations, Toumani began playing at five and is widely regarded as the instrument’s greatest virtuoso, winning two GRAMMY awards for his collaborations with fellow Malian superstar, the late guitarist Ali Farka Touré.....read more...

Tuesday, September 30th
7:30 pm

Chimamanda Adichie 
In Conversation with Dave Eggers

Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 
City Arts & Lectures - On Arts Benefiting 826 Valencia College Scholarships. Advance Sales Open To Members Only. More info.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria, where she attended medical school for two years at the University of Nigeria before coming to the United States. An O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. She now divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

“We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.” – Chinua Achebe

At this time, tickets are on sale to City Arts & Lectures members only. More info.
Sunday, August 10
4:25 pm

SFJFF Presents
"Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa"
Performance by Vukani Mawethu Choir

The Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland

Abby Ginzburg’s powerful documentary begins with grainy video footage of the aftermath of the car bombing that nearly took the life of South African activist, writer and lawyer Albie Sachs. Sachs lost an arm and his sight in one eye following the 1988 attack carried out by South Africa’s apartheid government. Most of Sachs’s life mirrors his homeland’s half-century struggle for racial equality. 

September 7-14
Home Away From Home: a week long Arts Festival featuring visual and performance artists from the Bay Area's Eritrean and Ethiopian communities.
Home [away from] Home is an experimental art installation featuring artists in the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities of the Bay Area, culminating in a weekend-long festival of visual arts, music, dance, poetry, & food, around next year's Eritrean and Ethiopian New Year (Sept 11, 2014). 
The mission of this project serves as a metaphor for African immigrants in the diaspora trying to build a home in America while maintaining and sharing their cultural identity in the USA. Read more............

Saturday, September 13
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Ethiopian New Year 2014
Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St. Oakland, CA 94609

Celebrating Ethiopian culture, and its importance in history and to the world. The goal of the Festival is to celebrate centuries old traditions, culture and hospitality, antiquities, and Ethiopia. This day of celebration will include: delicious traditional dishes, dances, national costumes, poetry, music, and children’s programs. There will be a special performance by Ethiopian dancers, and other instruments will be performed to enrich the diverse musical flavor. This family friendly event is open to the public and free of charge. Local vendors, businesses, and artists have been invited to participate in this day of cultural diversity, and fun.....read more...

October 17 to 19

The Silicon Valley African Film Festival 

at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA

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