Spirit of Uganda arrives next Thursday at Performing Arts Center at M-A

by Elizabeth Ouren on January 7, 2010

Young, talented performers in Spirit of Uganda

Here is a unique and memorable opportunity to share with your children, as I have with mine. The Spirit of Uganda is coming from Africa to do a tour on the West Coast.  They will be performing locally at the newly opened Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.

This group of 22 orphaned children (ages 8-18) from Uganda put on a wonderful performance which includes drumming, singing, dancing, and storytelling in beautiful African dress.  They are touring the United States to raise awareness about AIDS in Africa and to raise money to support and educate other orphans like themselves. Their performance is very professional and inspiring. “Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy,” said the New York Times review.

I have seen them perform quite a few times over the years, and they are remarkable.  The joy reflected on their faces as they dance is unforgettable, and the children’s faith in their future despite their difficult life circumstances is an amazing testimony to hope!!!

• WHEN: next Thursday, Jan. 14 from 6:30-8:00pm, followed by a time for questions and answers with audience members who wish to stay. (This event was purposely timed so families with children could attend.)

• WHERE: the new Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.

• TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased online for $25 each.  Seating is general admission.  This is a fundraiser for Empower African Children, a non-profit organization which transforms the lives of vulnerable African children through education, music and dance.

What a thrill for us to have this group at the new Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School. They are also doing a big performance at the Marin Center and the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, but it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to see them in our own back yard! This event is being sponsored by the City of Menlo Park Community Service Department.

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