The Hamilton Hill Arts Center proudly presents Sankofa, The Legacy


In recognition of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center’s 50th Anniversary, we are excited to present “Sankofa, The Legacy,” on July 14, 2018 at Proctors from 10 am to 10 pm.

For 50 years, the Hamilton Hill Arts Center has used the arts and culture of the African diaspora to tap into the wisdom of the ancestors, to build strong individuals and strengthen our community. The mission of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center is to promote the knowledge, preservation and continued development of African and African-American culture and art, thereby enriching the quality of life in the community and throughout the Capital Region. We offer afterschool/summer programs for at-risk youth and community-wide celebrations honoring African Americans.

In this spirit, we will fill Proctors with the art and culture of the African diaspora on July 14th. The day of celebration will include a mixture of paid and free events; local and national talent. Offerings include a Sci Fi film festival featuring Get Out!, Attack The Block, and Brother From Another Planet. Musical performances include the world-renowned Jazz composer and current composer in residence at the Philadelphia orchestra Hannibal Lokumbe, Afro Latina protest singer Tiana Asili Y la Banda Rebelde, and award winning musician Super Jermaine. A family of performers will take us on a journey of Congolese influenced music from ancient to modern times: Diata Diata Folklore Theatre and African Dance, Drum, and Storytelling, Lady Moon and the Eclipse (a neo soul group with R&B and Afro beat influences) and Young Paris from Roc Nation and Afropunk. A rendition of the play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Was Enuf will be presented by a local community theater group and there will also be a poetry slam, fashion show, art exhibit, local bands and workshops.

A sample of the program is listed below:

On the Main Stage:

Super Jermaine 1:00
Taina Asili Y Banda Rebelde 1:20
Hannibal Lokumbe 2:35
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf 3:30
Diata Diata International Folklore Theatre 6:30
Moon & The Eclipse 7:30
From the Roc Nation & Afropunk: Young Paris 8:30

The Sci-Fi Film Festival: In the GE theatre:

The Brother from Another Planet 12:10
Attack the Block 2:15
Get Out 4:00

Fashion show 10:30 by Sincerely Black, 11:00 Fashion Ball by In our Own Voices

Tickets are $25 for all main stage events, $10 for the sci fi film festival, and $30
for combo tickets. Free activities include a poetry slam, art exhibit, fashion show, drum circle, an African marketplace, workshops and more! Children attend free with a ticketed adult. Tickets can be purchased in advance online and on-site at Proctors Box Office.

During the week leading up to the performance Hannibal Lokumbe will bring his Music Liberation Orchestra workshop series to local teens. The program will promote healthy behaviors using numerology, genealogy and music composition.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on June 23rd, June 30th and July 7th, Diata Diata will work with the Umoja Dancers, and other local African dance troupes, to teach them Congolese dances that are to be performed on the main stage of Proctors as a part of the Diata Diata performance. Practices are open to the public and will be located at 409 Schenectady St., Schenectady NY 12305.

For more information or for inquiries regarding vending and participation in the poetry slam, art exhibit, or drum circle, call Rachel Conn, Executive Director of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center at 518-346-1262, visit our website or join our Facebook page.

This event was made possible with the generous support of Proctors, The Arts
Center of the Capital Region, Boys Day Out, and Hannibal Lokumbe.