Inaugural Drumming & Storytelling Festival Takes Place Saturday

Alameda Recreation and Parks--Several musical acts and poets will perform at the first-ever Drumming & Storytelling Festival this Saturday.

Inaugural Drumming & Storytelling Festival Takes Place Saturday

The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) will hold the inaugural Storytelling & Drumming Festival Saturday, March 19 at Mastick Senior Center.

The event will introduce patrons to music from different cultures through the power of drums. The event will also offer visitors the chance to discover the power of the spoken word and puppetry.

The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be four visitor areas at the festival. The Social Hall, or Main Stage, will hold drumming performances from different cultures including a Taiko drumming performance, a Japanese-based drumming style, and an African-style performance by drumming group Total Style. Grammy-winning Venezuelan drummer Omar Ledezma, Jr. will also perform on the Main Stage.

The Social Hall will also have a poetry reading from Alameda Poet Laureate Kimi Sugioka and an Indigenous-based storytelling reading from Alicia Retes.
Robert Perry will read poems in Dining Room 1. Sugioka will hold a poetry workshop in Dining Room 2. Linda Yemoto will also have a Jumping Frog craft workshop in Dining Room 2.

Total Rhythm will have a second performance in the Media Room. Ledezma, Jr. will also have a second performance in the Media Room.

The event is free. All ages welcome. Mastick Senior Center is located at 1155 Santa Clara Ave. Masking is strongly recommended when indoors. For more information, visit www.alamedaca.org/recreation.