Okaidja Afroso launches the POAC performing arts series

The Pend Oreille Arts Council presents the first show of its 2021-22 performing arts season, Okaidja Afroso, on Friday.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29 at the Panida Theater. POAC will also host a pre-concert reception in its gallery featuring artistic treasurers donated by local art collector and filmmaker Erik Daarstad.

“We are delighted to present our first live musical performance since the COVID pandemic cut short our 2019-2020 season,” said POAC Executive Director Tone Lund. “Okaidja is such a dynamic artist to kick off our season! We are delighted to bring him and his world famous group to Panida – Come join us!

Okaidja Afroso is an Afropop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Ghana, West Africa. His unique artistic vision led him to combine his native rhythms with unprecedented chords of musical flavors. Its sound is a spicy fusion of Ghanaian music with various cross-cultural influences. Although most of Okaidja’s hypnotic arrangements are sung in her native language, the meaning shines through. His vocation and the purpose of his life is to bring us all together so that we can laugh and cry and dance and move forward together, in community. Okaidja will also participate in POAC’s Ovations program with an outreach performance at a local primary school.

As an added attraction, everyone is invited to a special pre-show reception at the POAC Gallery in honor of Erik Daarstad. Daarstad, an accomplished filmmaker and local celebrity, generously donated part of his personal art collection to POAC in August. During his travels around the world he acquired an impressive assortment of works. The current exhibition features pieces from the Ivory Coast, Guatemala and Peru, among others.

“As I collected the donation, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. I recognized how special this gift for POAC was, ”said visual arts coordinator Claire Christy. “As I researched each piece, this appreciation grew. A collection of works like this represents stories from someone’s life. I am honored that Erik entrusted this work to POAC and that he shared his life stories with us.

The POAC Gallery is located directly across from the Panida Theater, 110 Main St., Suite 101, in downtown Sandpoint. Visitors are welcome in the gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to browse Daarstad’s collection, as well as works by local artists, while enjoying a glass of wine before heading to Panida for the concert.

All tickets for the Okaidja Afroso show are $ 22 and are available at the POAC office, online at ArtinSandpoint.org, by phone at 208-263-6139, or at 7:00 p.m. at the door of the Panida Theater in the evening. a spectacle.

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