The tour, which is for members who have yet to take one of our tours in this neighborhood, ends in Brooklyn Bridge Park where there is a free African dance concert starting at 7pm as part of Celebrate Brooklyn 2014.
Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Note - anyone not taking the tour is free to meet us in the park .
Bring your camera! This walk will take us through the lovely streets of Brooklyn Heights, America’s first suburb, NYC’s first designated historic district, filled with landmarks and architectural treasures. Some say it is the City's most beautiful neighborhood. We will stop by a church where Abraham Lincoln visited and gained inspiration to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and stroll the streets frequented by famous writers including Walt Whitman, Truman Capote and Carson McCullers. We’ll take in the spectacular views of the city and the harbor and learn a lot about Brooklyn history -- including the Battle of Brooklyn and General George Washington's pivotal escape across the East River with 9,000 troops to preserve the American Revolution ion August 29, 1776.
Meet Up location is the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, near the intersection Court & Remsen Streets. By subway, #2, 3, 4 or 5 to Borough Hall, or A,C,F to Jay Street/Borough Hall. Also R line to Court St./Borough Hall.
Info below about the performers:
African Dance Party featuring Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Okayafrica Electrafrique w/ Chief Boima & DJ Underdog .
After a 10-year adventure that has taken them from the squalor of refugee camps to the world’s biggest stages,Africa’s most inspirational band continues to ascend with what very well may be their best album yet. For Libations (Cumbancha 2014), Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars go full circle to the acoustic, “around the campfire” sound that appeared on their first album, much of which was recorded in the refugee camps during their years in exile from Sierra Leone. Back then, the group was in a very different frame of mind, had yet to tour the world, and were still raw in their sound.
Presented by Okayafrica, Electrafrique is a premier dance music show that brings together a worldwide network of artists fusing elements of African music with Electronic beats. Pioneered by Swiss DJ Cortega, and championed by such brand ambassadors as Electrique DJs & The Beat Parade Band from Kenya, Electrafrique finds roots in African rhythms and musical traditions, adding a contemporary urban/futuristic electronic twist to its groove.
The dance lesson at the opening of the party will be led by Iris Wilson (FELA!) who is an instructor at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance.
Here's link to the other two dance concerts in the series: