When the light catches the buttons on the blankets and the masked dancers begin to move to the beat of a slowly pulsing drum, something magical happens. An ancient story comes to life, traditions nearly lost are remembered and a window into a rich and proud culture is opened for all to see.
The Kumugwe Dancers have performed for thousands of people since 2001 when the group first formed, taking their name from the traditional Bighouse that sits at the heart of the K’omoks First Nation. Kumugwe takes great pride in preserving the ancient traditions of their ancestors, sharing the songs and dances of the K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw people and on Saturday, May 23 they will take the stage at the Filberg as part of L’Arche Comox Valley’s Ethnic Extravaganza.
The Kumugwe Dancers are just one of four groups performing at the Ethnic Extravaganza. Diners will also be transported to coastal Brazil to watch the stylized dance-fighting known as Capoeira, to the warmth of a Spanish night with the passion and intensity of Flamenco, and to the beaches of Hawaii with the laid back strummings of the ukelele.
This internationally-themed evening celebrates diversity with a unique culinary experience – purchase a ticket now for just $55 ($60 at the door) to enjoy an evening that will transport you beyond borders.
Tickets are available at Blinds & Bubbles Boutique, Blue Heron Books, Engrave It!, Laughing Oyster, Mindset Wealth and Presley and Partners. The Ethnic Extravaganza will take place at Courtenay’s Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue. Don’t miss it!