Friday, December 15, 2006


Feel the Spirit of New Orleans, Catch the Spirit of Ashé

December 15th-17th, 2006, “Holiday on the Boulevard,” Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard's Holiday Festival will celebrate its seventh anniversary.
Seven years is a major milestone in the life of a festival with the opportunity to embrace the delicate spirit of hope that is taking root in our City. Our theme for this festival is “Feel the Sprit of New Orleans, Catch the Spirit of Ashé.” We are working to spread the spirit of hope, possibility and belief in our continued intention and ability to rebuild our City into a world-class urban center.

Plan to spend the weekend with us! Enjoy good food and shop with our vendors. Listen to the creative messages of our musicians and poets. Let the children have fun with Baba Kwanzaa and Mama YeYe’s games and stories.

All events are at Ashé Cultural Arts Center unless otherwise noted.


School Field Trip Celebration
9:00am - 11:00am Imagination Tour with Bamboula 2000

(Dance and drum workshop)
11:00am - 11:30am St. Luke’s Homecoming Center Youth Group (Theater)
11:30am - 12:30pm Christmas and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
1:00pm - 2:00pm Imagination Tour with Bamboula 2000

(Dance and drum workshop)
2:00pm - 2:30pm Christmas and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

2:00pm - 9:00pm Ashé Marketplace - open for Hoiday Shopping

*10:30am-1:00pm Family Bookmaking: Personalized books for your kids (Zeitgeist 1724 O. C. Haley Blvd)

Holiday on the Boulevard Opening Reception – 6-9pm
6:00pm – 6:30pm Lloyd Daly (Solo piano)
6:45pm – 7:00pm Arrival of Baba Kwanzaa and Mama Yeye
7:00pm – 9:00pm Legendary Bluesman Grand Pa Elliot and Friends


12:00pm - 9:00pm Ashé Marketplace
Noon - 12:30pm Ashe Drum Circle
1:00pm - 1:30pm New Orleans Dance Collective

(Under the direction of Janet Andrews)
1:45pm – 2:15pm Sistahs Making a Change (Dance)
2:30pm – 3:00pm Page One (Hip-hop/dance)
3:15pm - 3:45pm Confederation

(Hip-hop from New Orleans Science and Math High School)
4:00pm - 4:30pm New Orleans Renaissance Society (Spoken word)
4:30pm -5:15pm Philip Manual and his Trio (Jazz)
5:30pm - 7:00pm MercyCorps Presents:

The New Orleans Modified Drum Circle plays Christmas
7:15pm - 7:45pm The Mardi Gras Indian Collective
8:00pm – 9:00pm Bamboula 2000 (World Funk)

Between 4-6pm Living History Characters

*10:30am – 12:30am Family Bookmaking:
Personalized books for your kids (Zeitgeist)
*1:00pm – 4:00pm Children Activities - Games, Puppets and Films (Zeitgeist)


3:00pm - 7:30pm Ashé Marketplace
3:00pm - 3:45pm Men of Nehemiah (Gospel)
4:00pm - 4:30pm Jo "Cool" Davis (Gospel)
4:45pm - 5:15pm Jonaja Performance Company presents excerpts from the Broadway play, DREAMGIRLS (Directed by Leo Jones)
5:30pm - 6:15pm Rev. Lois Dejean (Gospel)
6:45pm - 7:15pm NOLA Playback (Improve Theater)
7:30pm – 8:15pm – Zion Trinity (Reggae)

*1:00pm – 4:00pm Children Activities - Games, Puppets and Films (Zeitgeist)
Still Standing – Screening and discussion
PSAs from High Voltage Youth Media Camp

New Orleans has a way of growing on you. You love New Orleans and New Orleans loves ya back. Please spend the weekend with us as we "Feel the Spirit of New Orleans and Catch the Spirit of Ashé." We are encouraging the spirit of reunion and the doubling of efforts to create a real future for our neighborhood and city.

For more information call (504)569-9070.

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