1st Annual International Percussion Exposition Festival Celebrates Maine’s Cultural Diversity; Past and Present

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The IPE festival will represent Maine’s broadening multi-cultural community with performances from visual artists, poets, vendors, and musical groups from various gender, age, and ethnic backgrounds.

The IPE is organized by Primary Skills Art Institute; an Augusta based non-profit organization that offers innovative multi-cultural arts educational services. Recognizing the need for understanding of cultural diversity in the changing faces of Maine, PSAI works for individual and community understanding of the rhythms that unite all people.

Our ethnic and cultural awareness and exploration programming draws on Maine's rich and diverse communities, past and present, so that we may provide integrated cultural arts activities throughout the state. Our presenters come from throughout Maine and include Native American, European American, and West African Cultures. They are collaborating to bring forth programs that promote physical, cognitive, emotional, psychological, environmental and cultural well-being, along with integrated community awareness.

The presenters at the 1st Annual IPE include; "The Little Eagles" a Native American youth drum group from the Passamaquoddy tribe; "The Koko Experience," a traditional multi-ethnic, poly-rhythmic percussion, music, and movement ensemble; “The Burnurwurbskek Singers”, a men’s drum group from the Penobscot Nation; "Mbira dzimu;" “Sugalis” a young women’s drum group from the Penobscot Nation; and “Ngomah," a traditional West African percussion ensemble located in Down East Maine.

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