Camp Merveilles

drums2015The Kissidugu Foundation is proud to present the 13th annual Camp Merveilles Colorado, August 11th-17th 2015 and the third Annual Merveilles Hawaii, November 4th-8th, and the first annual conference in Utah May 8th-10th.  Named after Les Merveilles, the preeminent Drum and Dance Company from Guinea, the camps are hosted by Fara Tolno, in tribute to his mentor, thekemoko companies legendary Director, Kemoko Sano. Camp Merveilles brings world class artisans from all around African to share their cultural arts and heritage. With classes for all ages and abilities, this is an opportunity to study, connect, and celebrate through music, dance, and dialogue.

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MAY 8th-10th 2015

Welcome to the inaugural Merveilles Utah African Drum and Dance conference. This gathering, hosted in partnership with Wofa Afro Fusion Dance and  Fara Tolno of the Kissidugu Foundation, will welcome artists to share in the spirit of African drum, dance and song.  The conference aims to impart a deeper understanding of the African culture both through dance and drum lessons, but also through panel discussions with our guest artists.  This is an event you don’t want to miss! Please join us!

Merveilles Colorado sunrise

AUGUST 11th-17th 2015

We look forward to gathering and building our own village community for the week in the beautiful Colorado mountains at Sunrise Ranch. Camp begins with classes and dinner on Tuesday evening, August 11th, followed by full days of classes Wednesday August 12th through Sunday August 16th with events or gatherings every evening.  We invite you to come share music, dance, culture, and community.

CAMP-MERVEILLES-FLAGMerveilles Flagstaff

October 9-11th, 2015  

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November 4th – 8th 2015

Kissidugu Foundation and Lavaroots Performing Arts would like to thank all of the wonderful people who came to our first and second annual Merveilles Hawaii Drum and Dance Conference on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was a great success, and we are already looking forward to many more amazing camps in the coming years!

Camp Merveilles is the longest on-going program operating IMG_5364under the current non-profit of the Kissidugu Foundation. If you would like to support these programs to continue the sharing of the cultural arts of Guinea in the United States please donate online below or send a check or money order to “Camp Merveilles” P.O. Box 20894 Boulder, CO 80308. All donations are greatly appreciated! You can also donate to support the creation of The Kissidugu School of Dance, Music & Education in Guinea, West Africa. Please click HERE for more information. Inuwali!! (Thank you)

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