Duniya Dance and Drum Company's mission is to cultivate respect for traditional forms, foster cultural exchange, effect social justice and engage in community building.
Formed in April 2007, Duniya Dance and Drum Company creates, performs, and teaches dance and music from Punjab, India, and Guinea, West Africa, as well as unique blends of these forms and beyond. The word duniya means “world” in a wide array of languages, including Punjabi, Arabic, Susu and Wolof. Duniya’s work embodies this word, as it explores the forces that have brought together the members of the company and their dance and drum styles, including, but not limited to, colonization, globalization, immigration, art, dance, music and love.
We are taking our 10th anniversary show, A Decade of Dance, Drum & Dissent, on tour to Santa Cruz on June 29th. We have received a small grant from the Santa Cruz Arts Council which will cover the theater rental, but we need your help in order to pay for transportation, lodging, and artist fees. We are also fundraising for our free African Arts Festival, happening September 29th. Thank you for supporting Duniya’s upcoming performances and programs!
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