Could you hear the banging of drums in the background while walking around campus this week? The Nile Project artists have been in residence at NC State March 15 through 21 to offer a number of performances, discussions and cultural events. Much more than just a band, The Nile Project is a unique cross-cultural collaboration that brings artists from 11 countries together to create a unified new sound and to ignite social justice.
The artists represent the 12 Nile River Basin countries, and their collaboration represents the international sharing of resources–in this case, the Nile River.
In addition to NileFEST,a free outdoor festival that took place in Stafford Commons on main campus Tuesday afternoon, the artists have participated in events organized by the Water Resources Research Intitute of the UNC Stystem (WRRI), the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State Institute for Nonprofits, NC State Global and Arts Villages, NC State International Affairs, the African American Cultural Center and the Price Music Center to bring awareness to cultural, political and environmental issues.
The Global Training Initiative, in collaboration with the Office of International Services and the US Center for Refugees and Immigrants hosted an event focused on the emigration of Eritreans around the world. Our event showcased Chris Cotter’s documentary Refugee: Eritrean Exodus and journalist Dan Connell, who has spent much of the past couple decades studying the area and tracking the migration of Eritrean refugees. The Nile Project, which features several musicians from Eritrea, also shared a live performance with our audience.
Perhaps one of the most relaxed events of the week was the Music and Dance Workshop for NC State Students hosted by NC State Global and Arts Villages. Students formed a circle with the musicians and learned to play the actual drums used in The Nile Project performances.
On Saturday, the musicians hosted a day-long retreat focused on developing leadership skills and addressing NC’s environmental challenges.
NC State LIVE brings international artists to campus each semester. Watch their calendar for future cultural highlights from around the world!