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September 29, 2023, 8:00 PM EDT

Timbuktu Grooves Festival: Once the Dust Settles Flowers Bloom

Olivier Tarpaga‘s humanist piece "Once the Dust Settles Flowers Bloom" is the first of three concerts in the Timbuktu Grooves Festival celebrating the vibrant sounds and rhythms of the African continent and its diaspora. The piece sheds light on refugees of Burkina Faso and the Sahel region, who were displaced after fleeing from the shadow of jihadists. Seven dancers and five musicians from Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Morocco and France will channel the strength and beauty of this displaced population. This performance will begin with a brief moderated conversation with Olivier Tarpaga.
The performance is in partnership with McCarter Theatre Center and Seuls en Scène, Princeton French Theater Festival.
BONUS: Afrobeats After-Party! Join us for a post-show after-party at the McCarter Lobby, featuring drink specials, live DJ, and dancing!
Tickets:  $25-$65 available at