BRIC's FELA FROLIC: Rich Medina's Jump N Funk' Dance Party + 'Finding Fela' Screening

Join us for BRIC FELA FROLIC, featuring Rich Medina's Jump N Funk party, plus a special screening of 'Finding Fela.'

In celebration of Felabration week, Okayafrica is proud to partner up with BRIC to bring you FELA FROLIC: A Celebration of Fela Kuti! A continuation of BRIC's House Parties, FELA FROLIC is an all-day event featuring a host of FREE all-ages activities including: a special screening of Alex Gibney's Finding Fela documentary (5-7pm) — no longer in theaters in New York! — and a performance from Brooklyn-based outfit Zongo Junction. The night will culminate with veteran selector Rich Medina's sweaty, afrobeat Jump N Funk dance party ($10 adv/$14 door).

For FELA FROLIC, we'll be giving away two Fela Kuti t-shirts from the Okayafrica store, enter below for a chance to win! See a full schedule of the day's events below and purchase advanced tickets for Rich Medina's Jump N Funk! FELA FROLIC will take place October 11 at BRIC Arts | Media House. 

Schedule of FELA FROLIC Events

All Day

Scavenger Hunt

Want to know why there is green goo or large monster hands on the gallery wall or where to find the hidden donkey? Come and explore the Art into Music exhibition through a scavenger hunt! The hunt is for all ages and self-guided so that BRIC visitors can take part throughout the day.


All Day

Board Games!

Come play games such as Checkers, Connect Four, Candyland, Uno, Twister and more on the Stoop and in the gallery, all day long!



African Drumming Workshop

Drum to your hearts content during this African Drumming Workshop with Dellwyn Gilkes of Restoration Youth Arts Academy.



Rythmic Patterns of Africa Educational Activity

Color and decorate a variety of African textile patterns, which will then be used to make rythmic instruments.



Family Dance Class

A family dance class with Iris Wilson (Fela! dancer and instructor at Cumbe Center for African & Diaspora Dance)



"Face Your Self" a performance | by ruby onyinyechi amanze

BRIC Biennial artist ruby onyinyechi amanze will collaborate on a performance involving the tradition of head wrapping.



Screening of "Finding Fela" Documentary

Join us for a screening of Finding Fela, the new 2014 documentary feature about Fela Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance. Directed by Alex Gibney.



Zongo Junction Performs!

A jammin free performance by Brooklyn’s afrobeat-meets-Sun Ra-big-band Zongo Junction!



DANCE PARTY: "Jump N Funk" with Rich Medina

The sweaty original multimedia “Jump N Funk” Fela-inspired Afrobeat dance party with Rich Medina spinning and visuals by The Marksmen!


Purchase Tickets Now!

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