The Rhythm of Change Festival 2018

February 23-25

Michelle Bach-Coulibaly

Producer: Saulo Castillo

Rhythm of Change is an annual festival at Brown University celebrating African and African diasporic performance. For over twenty-seven years, The Rhythm of Change Festival has been gathering people across divisions of class, nationality, culture and discipline to co-create art for social change.

The 2018 Rhythm of Change Festival partners with Troupe Yeredon, and artists from Mali to Montreal to engage with students and the larger community in ceremony, performances, discussions, and workshops.

We are creating rituals and images of beauty, power, and grace through African and African diasporic performance.

We seek to awaken to the realities of our sociopolitical surroundings- not in protest, but to support mindful vigilance and increased advocacy.

We believe that through celebration, high-powered performances, mindful deliberation and social interaction, a vibrant community of thinkers and doers will emerge to ask the hard questions about who we are as a community, a people and a nation.

Highlights for the weekend include:

Master classes will be given in Breakdancing Fundamentals, Vogue Femme,  Afro-House, West African Drumming and Dance with artists from around the world.

Sunday’s schedule includes AfroFlow Yoga, Loving Kindness Meditation, youth workshops, a RITAC 6X6 Community Conversation, and an all-day Art of Rhythmix Jam curated by RawKin’ Rhythmix

A full schedule of events can be found here:

$15 Single-Event Tickets , $100 Weekend Passes, and $50 Brown Alumni Weekend Passes for our workshops and performances in Brown University’s Lyman Hall (including Ashamu Dance Studio, the Cave, and Classroom 007) are available online at

Both Single-Event Tickets and Weekend Passes will also be on sale at the door to Ashamu Dance Studio during the festival.

Brown Students get into all Rhythm of Change Fest events at Lyman Hall free with their student ID.

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