20th Annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival - Celebrate diversity through dance!

Crimson Coast Dance presents its 20th annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival, Dancing in the Belly of the Dragon, July 5-8, alongside the 16th Save On Foods Dragon Boat Festival.  These festivals share the same weekend and together host an extraordinarily wide array of activities for everyone.  It’s a celebration year and there will be cake!


Thursday, July 5, 7:30pm

Port Theatre

ticketed event

InFrinGinG opens with a new work by Holly Bright, The Sun and the Moon, based on the story by Snuneymuxw author, Celestine Aleck. It features an original score by Andrew Balfour and performances by local artists, Genevieve Johnson, Nicola Birdsell and others.


Saturday, July 7, 7:30pm

Port Theatre

ticketed event

Won'Ma Afrique, meaning "our Africa" in the Susu language, is adapted from Kalabanté's "Africa in the Circus" performance for the Montreal Council of the Arts tour of 2017-2018 -- symbolizing the strength, agility and the joy of living of african youth. Amazing acrobats, along with their musicians, run their authentic choreographies on the frantic rythmes of djembes from Guinea. This show radiates the diversity of African traditional arts combined with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance.


Kalabanté, offer a 3-day workshop July 5,6,7th. Spend time with these talented artists to share in the joy of dance, drum and song. Join us for one workshop, or buy a workshop pass for all three. Register today

 Join them and VooDoo Dave on Friday July 6th, 5:30PM, for a public demonstration at Maffeo-Sutton Park. As Kalabante's motto says, If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance!  


Locals, Samantha Letourneau, Lindy Sisson and newcomer, Syrian director, Nabil Sayes, present informal works at the White Room.  


Free performances begin Friday at Maffeo Sutton Park with VooDooDave’s African dance and drum circles and continue Saturday and Sunday with dances of Polynesia, Gulf States, Syria, Egypt and more. YOU close the weekend as part of our annual Flash Mob and Splash Mob!



InFrinGinG Dance Festival celebrates diversity’s beauty and represents the people who live here, our neighbors.  Live, learn, laugh and move together in unity, awe and with cake!


Info/Registration: crimsoncoastdance.org

Tickets: porttheatre.com

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