World Arts Day spans the globe with Digital Cumbia, Balinese dance and Mexican cacao smoothies

Photo courtesy Luckman Fine Arts Complex

By Becky Koppenhaver

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. will hold it’s third annual World Arts Day on Saturday, October 8. This colorful event not only features live performances but will give visitors a chance to participate in workshops designed to experience and interact with art forms from around the world.

The eclectic line-up of workshops will feature everything from sessions on chocolate and mask making to a Digital Cumbia and Analog Animation workshop. In addition, World Arts Day has teamed up with the World Festival of Sacred Music and will present Burat Wangi and Sekar Jaya in the Mebarung, a Balinese traditional dance competition, and Makoto Taiko, a mind-blowing drumming ensemble from Japan.

A few details on what to expect:

Iota Center will premiere their workshop Digital Cumbia and Analog Animation allowing attendees to “scratch on film” with a projection of the original works set to the sounds of digital cumbia performed by South American artists Papá Cuy and Muñeca e burro. The Luckman welcomes Raw Bites Happy Food with a workshop all about the love and tradition of chocolate! Chef Julie Titus will educate attendees on the ancient uses of the cacao bean from Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with guiding hands-on demonstrations while preparing spicy Mexican cacao smoothies, salad dressing, and cacao dipped fruit. Other World Arts Day workshops include silk-screening and Indonesian mask-making.

The workshops, which are free and designed for all ages, begin at 2 pm.   Makoto Taiko performs at 5 pm, and the Balinese traditional dance competition is at 8 pm. Please RSVP: 323-343-6600. Click here for more details.

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