With four consecutive evenings of incendiary performances, RADICAL RECITATIONS is not only a celebration of freedom of artistic expression, it is a testament to the radical power of storytelling to catalyze social change and a call to action in defense of artistic freedom.
RADICAL RECITATIONS is presented by Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI), who brought you Revolutions & Movements at Dupont Underground in 2018. This year, AFI has partnered with the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Studio Theatre, Brooklyn Music School, and Tamizdat to bring you performances both powerful and personal by renowned, revolutionary international artists NOURA MINT SEYMALI (Mauritania), TOTO KISAKU (Congo), and KING RAAM (Iran/Canada).
With performances rooted in storytelling, poetry, praise, and boldly speaking truth to power, Noura, Toto, and King Raam take stages across Washington D.C. and NYC. These cutting edge artists show us how musical and theatrical narratives can be used to disrupt dangerous norms, and preserve those that venerate freedom of expression. Join us! Radical Recitations is being held Friday, November 15 – Monday, November 18, 2019 in Washington D.C. and NYC.
Photography by Nosrat Tarighi, Jonathan McPhail, and Thom Goertel