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Finding Inspiration in the Fierce and Fantastical

This summer, Go As If returns to the Ford Theatres' family concert series entitled "Big World Fun". These shows, for kids ages 4-12 and their families, give LA residents an opportunity to travel the world without leaving the city.

First up, on June 30th, Le Ballet Dembaya will take you on journey to the country of Guinea on the western coast of Africa through their uplifting and energetic percussion and dance. Le Ballet Dembaya's Guinean rhythms and dance will put a smile on your face and will leave you with a feeling of joy the whole day long.

Presented by Go As If, the pre-show art activity - making fashionable bows and bowties using traditional African wax fabric - is inspired by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's concept of AfroBubbleGum. "We're so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation", says TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu. "Where's the fun? AfroBubbleGum is African art that's vibrant, lighthearted and without a political agenda." Wanuri urges us to rethink the value of all that is unserious and the need for art that captures the full range of human experiences to tell the stories of Africa.

Big congratulations to Wanuri on the recent premiere of her new film Rafiki at Cannes Film Festival!