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Special performances and other interactive events around the museum complement the extraordinary slate of films we’re presenting and serve to further illuminate the many cultures celebrated at this year’s Mead.

Bhangra Dance Party with DJ Rekha
Friday, November 30 | 10 pm | Hall of the Universe
Following the screening of Himself He Cooks, DJ Rekha, founder and host of the legendary Basement Bhangra and Bollywood Disco parties, lights up the Cullman Hall of the Universe with a feast of South Asian sound, color, and movement.

African Drumming Performance
Saturday, December 1 | 4 pm | Hall of Birds of the World
The vibrant and joyful Universal African Drum and Dance Ensemble performs in the spirit of Sweet Dreams (Playing Saturday, December 1 at 6 pm in the Kaufmann Theater), which tells the story of Rwanda’s first all-female drumming troupe.

Whose Story Is It? Story Lounge: Featuring The Moth, P.O.V., Story Corps
Saturday, December 1 | 6 pm| Wallach Orientation Center
Each of the prominent storytelling organizations featured in the Whose Story Is It? Story Lounge bring their own storytelling vision to viewers and listeners, from the Mead Festival’s presentation of ethnographic films and cross-cultural documentary storytelling over the last decades, to POV’s (a cinema term for “point of view”) Emmy and Oscar-winning social-issue and first-person documentary stories on TV and in theaters, including those screened this year at the Mead Festival. The Moth, which first brought urban storytelling to a new level, applauds both the personal narrative and the art of the raconteur and has quickly become a model for live storytelling across the country. Moth stories are nationally aired on radio and podcast. StoryCorps’ massive collection of archived stories that herald ordinary lives and connections between people are now also animated and broadcast on POV. 

Closing Night Award Ceremony and Brazilian Dance Party
Sunday, December 2 | 9:30 pm | Wallach Orientation Center
Our awards ceremony follows a screening of Tropicália, which chronicles the soundtrack to the polymath Brazilian artistic movement of the late 1960s and features amazing live performance footage of Tom Zé, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Valoso, and Os Mutantes. To bring the festival to a fittingly celebratory close, Nation Beat pairs its totally original 21st century fusion of thunderous Brazilian drumming, New Orleans second-line rhythms, funk, rock and country-blues with the percussion ensemble Maracatu NY—a finale guaranteed to help us go out with a bang.

Mead Arcade
Grand Gallery | Thursday, November 29 – Sunday, December 2
This year, in collaboration with Games for Change, the Mead invites audiences to play a series of interactive digital games that delve into critical social and global issues that appear throughout Festival films and discussions. The games provide a fun and provocative way for audiences to discover their experience of other cultures and the relationship between media and social impact. The games are free and will be available for play at computer stations in the Grand Gallery throughout the Festival, assisted by game “ambassadors” from Games for Change. Through play we further probe — What do you bring to the story?