In 2023, World Bridge Foundation will bring 20 young performers of Dance of Hope from Uganda to Schools, Festivals, Cultural centers and Communities across the. All touring participants are children who come from the worst environments imaginable, using music and the arts to turn their negative stories into positive ones while inspiring audiences to do the same.
Through a series of North America-wide concerts, Dance of Hope will bring Africa’s young cast of performers to showcase a resilience born out of sounds that enhance creativity, grit and change. This vibrant music, dance and storytelling spectacular will visit schools, performing arts centers, festivals and communities. Africa’s young cast of performers showcase a resilience born out of sounds that enhance creativity, grit and change. The Dance of Hope “Changing the World” tour will deliver life changing programs to children in schools, hospitals, shelters and communities in need that cannot afford to access such arts programs, and to families and communities across the US.
World Bridge Foundation seeks $200,000 to support our 2023 tour. This amount is needed to defray the costs of visas, passports, costumes, health insurances, instruments, meals, airfares, accommodations, and the many more expenses necessary to send our Youth group from Uganda to schools around the U.S.
Through touring, young Ugandan performers engage in dialogue and interactive arts experiences with American students, subsequently learning about one another's lifestyles and cultures. Children are able to grow emotionally and socially as a direct result of this experience - from being shy and unsure, the tour allows the Ugandan children to find their voice, become comfortable in front of global audiences, showcase their joy through performances, gain new perspectives and find their confidence in profound and durable ways. The American children meanwhile try their hand at several traditional African instruments and create original songs that culminate in a full-fledged performance for their families and friends – and also get the chance to challenge preconceived notions about other cultures and countries, finding that the similarities found among people from different backgrounds are more numerous than their differences.
To help bring Dance of hope to the USA
To help bring Dance of hope to the USA
Dance of Hope is Africa’s leading youth-based arts education touring project run in partnership with M-LISADA, a charity organization based in Kampala, Uganda. It was founded in 2010 by Ugandan international artist and World Bridge Foundation founder Chinobay and Bosco Segawa, once an orphan on the streets of Uganda who founded one of the most revered children’s homes in the country. This project connects, inspires, and empowers young people globally to express themselves and share their stories through the visceral power of music, dance and other media.
When the Dance of Hope ensemble visits schools, festivals, performing arts centers and community gatherings, memorable opportunities are created for children and adults from different countries and backgrounds to find common space. Through panel discussions, participants learn about the role music plays in creating awareness on many important issues such as global poverty, peace, justice and human rights, environmental protection, empowerment, and self-esteem building.
In 2018, Dance of Hope reached over 45,000 kids across the U.S. in its first international tour alone. Conversations and physical interactions between dance of hope performers and American children have been incredibly impactful, as well as enormously appreciated by schools and teachers across North America. The opportunity to go on stage shows confidence for all involved, and exposure to international experiences and voices offers a mutually beneficial set of experiences for both the African and American children involved in Dance of Hope’s activities.
Dance of Hope not only nurtures children and empowers them, helping them to heal the pain suffered at the hands of poverty and disenfranchisement by expressing themselves loudly, powerfully and in community with others, but also inspires audiences to explore their own feelings and healthy, creative modes of expression for releasing them. Audiences who experience the power of Dance of Hope performances are gripped by the emotional impact of storytelling and inspired to support the arts and education.
In 2022/23, will bring 20 young performers from Uganda to schools, festivals, communities and main stages in North America to showcase their passionate rhythms, sensational sounds, joy, exhilarating and colorful choreography to global audiences of all ages. All these children have come from the worst environments imaginable to turn negative stories into positive ones while they aim to inspire others to do the same and their vibrant music, dance and storytelling spectacular brings Africa’s young cast of performers with triumphant turnaround stories, to showcase a resilience birthed out of sounds that enhance creativity, persistence and change.
We are running a Tour fund and kindly asking for your contributions. This fund will allow Dance of Hope to deliver life-changing programs to children in schools, hospitals, shelters and communities in need that can not afford to access such arts programs.
We need your help to raise $150,000 to cover major tour costs as we bring memorable experiences to children, families, and communities across North America. Funds raised on tour directly support dance of Hope programs and Education for many children in Uganda.