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AKWAABA DANCE AND DRUM ENSEMBLE COMES TO THE NEWMARKET MILLSPACE MAY 30—plus Music on Main Street in historic downtown Newmarket.

A “Heritage at the Mills” production by the Newmarket Heritage Festival

Newmarket, NH – The Akwaaba Dance and Drum Ensemble brings the rhythms and sounds of Africa to the Newmarket Millspace on Saturday, May 30, from 2-5 p.m. Produced by the award-winning Newmarket Heritage Festival, “Heritage at the Mills” features a high-energy performance by the Akwaaba Ensemble from 4-5 p.m. Download PHOTO here.

Before the performance, drum enthusiasts can attend a workshop led by Akwaaba founder Theo Martey: one for children (ages 4-12) from 2-2:45 p.m. or one for adults (ages 13 and up) from 3-3:45 p.m. No experience necessary. Attend the workshops and/or the performance. Admission is $5 (children under 4, free) and covers the whole event.

Strolling performers will also provide “Music on Main Street” (12 noon – 6 p.m.), bringing multicultural entertainment to downtown eateries and merchants. Performers include popular musicians from past festivals: Opa’s Oompah Band, Patriot Fife and Drum, Sax Pack, Eastern Sound Trio, and the Granite Statesmen Barbershop Quartets. Stroll the sidewalks and discover the great food, great shops, and great people in historic downtown Newmarket! Also taking place on May 30 will be the town’s Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m., the Newmarket Gardeners Plant Sale from 8 a.m. -1 p.m., and an open house at the Art Alley Gallery in the Mills.

“Heritage at the Mills” marks a new chapter for the Newmarket Heritage Festival, which has been celebrating the arts, culture, history, and community spirit for more than 16 years, bringing talented performers and artisans together for one of the most popular events in the Seacoast region. What began with a focus on the town’s immigrant millworker roots has grown to represent the melting pot of cultures that define the American identity.

Throughout the years, the festival has enhanced the town’s cultural, historic, and business climate, complimenting the efforts of the Newmarket Main Street Corporation, festival producers, to highlight the town’s heritage. With every change of venue (primarily due to construction and development), the festival has remained committed to hosting the event in the historic downtown, in the shadow of the mills, a location that represents the community’s immigrant roots—and also supports local business.

“This year’s event will be a continuation of the “celebration of the arts, culture, history, and community spirit” that has always defined the Heritage Festival,” says Suki Casanave, festival director. “This spirit remains a vital part of what makes this town special.”

Admission: $5 (children under 4, free). Three-dozen drums and rhythm instruments available for sharing at the workshops. Bring drums if you have them! Location: Newmarket Millspace, 55 Main Street, Newmarket, NH. For more information: heritage-festival.com.

Produced by the Newmarket Heritage Festival/Newmarket Main Street Corporation, in cooperation with the Newmarket Millspace,“Heritage at the Mills” is sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, the Town of Newmarket, LOCO Sports, and Liberty Mutual. TheNewmarket Main Street Corporation, a nonprofit group dedicated to revitalizing and preserving the historic and cultural characteristics of the community and to preserving the legacy of Newmarket for future generations. The Newmarket Main Street Corporation is a 501 (c) (3) organization.


*Interested in what happened at the Festival in 2014? Check here!


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