Arts Festival brings unique troupe of global artists to LPCA

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LAKE PLACID – Harlem-based Mwenso & the Shakes and Brooklyn-based Alsarah & the Nubatones will be the headlining performers at the 2019 Adirondack Global Arts Festival in Lake Placid March 7, 8 and 9.

The Adirondack Global Arts Festival is an annual community event that was created with the purpose of promoting culturally diverse arts programming in the Adirondacks. The festival this year includes opportunities for the whole family to engage in exploring world culture and arts.

“Exploring cultures through the arts has been so enriching to me that collaborating on an event that shares this idea with other Adirondackers is inspiring,” said Tammy Loewy, co-organizer of the event. “The workshops, performances, and street fair vendors for this year’s ADK Global Arts Festival are truly magnificent. We will be getting your feet and hands moving, tempting your taste buds, and expanding your mind through our cultural array of the arts. We hope you can join us for some or all of this globally inspired festival.”

The Festival will kick off on Thursday, March 7 with a screening of the Academy Award nominee “Shoplifters” at 7 p.m. at Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

“‘Shoplifters’ is a Japanese film about family that simultaneously warms and breaks your heart with its wry humor and intricately layered characters,” said Melanie Reding, administrative and outreach coordinator for John Brown Lives! “We’re excited to be able to screen this beautifully crafted film in partnership with the Adirondack Film Society and LPCA as the kickoff to the Festival.”

As a bonus, Lake Placid’s AKI Sushi is offering 10 percent off a dinner on March 6 or March 7 if you buy your tickets early.

Friday, March 8 events bring music to Lake Placid for all ages. From 3 to 5 p.m, The Beat Authority will live broadcast at Lake Placid Pub and Brewery. From 3:30 to p.m., Michael Mwenso is offering a free blues and swing workshop for kids at LPCA.

Then headliners Mwenso & the Shakes take over at 7 p.m.

The New York Times has called their show “intense, prowling and ebullient.”

The engagement of Michael Mwenso & the Shakes is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Saturday, March 9 at LPCA a variety of workshops ranging from Tabla Indian drumming, to family yoga, to beer tasting and Flamenco dance will be offered at LPCA.

An international indoor street fair starts at 2 p.m., offering Kenyan good’s, Indian food, face painting, street performances and kid’s games along with much more.

“There are so many wonderful artists participating, generously sharing their art and their stories. Hopefully everyone that participates in a workshop or attends one of the performances experiences the sense of joy and community that can emerge when people from different backgrounds are open to making and experiencing art together” said Alison Simcox, director of marketing for LPCA. “Events like this that create an intersection of different cultural traditions help us see how much we actually have in common.”

The day will end with the evening performance by headliners Alsarah & the Nubatones as they impress the crowd with their “East-African Retro-Pop” at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the workshops and concerts can be found on LPCA’s website at or by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518-523-2512.

This engagement of Alsarah & the Nubatones is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.