DIASPORA MONOLOGUES: VA-NA-KU-LA

February 21 – March 8

The 2020 Diaspora Monologues, VA-NA-KU-LA, will explore Pidgin, Creole, Patois, African American vernacular and other language innovations of the African diaspora. The series will feature works that speak to and through the linguistic flora that mark identity, community, resistance, solidarity, and creative agency across the diaspora.

All events and performances take place at the Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 

Dem Beats

Fridays at 8pm | Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 6 | Tickets $20/$25 at door

Chicago DJs host Friday night dances that journey through the music of the diaspora– reggae, dancehall, afro-beat, afro-pop, hip hop and more.

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Fatty Bum Bum

Saturdays at 8pm | Feb 22, Feb 29, Mar 7 | Tickets $20/$25 at door

A new play by Nikkita Duke written in Nigerian pidgin, Fatty Bum Bum is a social commentary on marginalization and self-preservation as Emediong, a young woman ridiculed because of her weight, is forced to stand up for herself when her usual bus conductor insists on charging her more than other riders. Directed by Matthew Dada. 

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Word Dey!

Sundays at 3pm | Feb 23, Mar 1, Mar 8 | Tickets $20/$25 at door

Original stories, poetry, spoken word, and personal narratives from the community reflecting how language shapes identity and inspires creativity.

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Come Shop: Fehinty Marketplace

Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 5:30pm & Sundays at 1:30pm (Feb 21-Mar 8) |  Free and open to the public

Come early to shop in the marketplace before the event or performance to support local entrepreneurs’ art, decor, food, accessories, clothing, and more.


ABOUT DIASPORA MONOLOGUES

Diaspora Monologues is Fehinty’s annual performance series exploring Diaspora as a dynamic concept that intersects varying social worlds, generating tensions and transformations. Each year, the program features monologues broadly conceived as oral history, personal narratives, spoken word, music, dance or movement pieces exploring the Chicago Diaspora space.