Freedom Festival '17 Caps Spring Season

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The Spring 2017 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy kicked off with a spectacular opening the first weekend of April and winds up in early June with events ranging from music to films to speakers including Salif Keita, Meklit, The Nile Project, “National Bird” w/ filmmaker Sonia Kenneback, “Economic Update” w/ radio host Richard Wolff, “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” w/ filmmaker Brett Story, “Insane Clown President” w/ journalist Matt Taibbi, Bike Fest, Michael Bisio Accortet, Rahim AlHaj, Freedom Festival w/ Taina Asili y la Bande Rebelde; gallery shows, workshops and more!

“Salif Salif Keita 7 PM SUNDAY, APRIL 2 $40

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the Golden Voice of Africa in a small listening room—one of the world’s most extraordinary singers, Afropop pioneer—Salif Keita.


“Meklit“ Meklit 7 PM SATURDAY, APRIL 8 $15

Music emanating from “in-between-spaces” imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from the hybrid blues-like sounds of Ethiopian Tizita to jazz, folk songs, hip-hop and art rock.


“The The Nile Project 7 PM FRIDAY, APRIL 21 $15

A cross-cultural musical collaboration among artists sharing diverse relationships to world’s longest river—buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in six languages.


“National “National Bird” 7 PM MONDAY, APRIL 17

W/ FILMMAKER SONIA KENNEBACK & PANEL

The story of whistleblowers determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the "secret" U.S. drone war.


“Prison “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” 7 PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 10

W/ FILMMAKER BRETT STORY

More are imprisoned in the US at this moment than in any other place or time. This film is a cinematic journey through a series of prison landscapes.


“Richard “Economic Update” 7 PM SATURDAY, APRIL 29

W/ RADIO HOST RICHARD WOLFF

A hopeful vision of concrete action to transition from the current system’s suffocating inequality and political corruption to economic democracy.


“Troy Troy Bike Rescue: Bike Fest 5 PM SATURDAY, MAY 13 $20

The 7th annual BikeFest fundraising celebration—a fantastic party and a great way to help Troy Bike Rescue continue its mission of bringing Pedal Power to the People!


“Matt Insane Clown President 7 PM FRIDAY, MAY 12

W/ JOURNALIST MATT TAIBBI

Dispatches from the 2016 election providing an eerily prescient take on our democracy’s uncertain future.


“Michael Michael Bisio Accortet 7 PM SATURDAY, MAY 20 $15

Chronicling more than 30 years of acclaimed Troy native bassist Michael Bisio's life as a composer in song form and otherwise, balancing freedom and
swing in a euphorically compelling quartet.


“Rahim “Letters From Iraq” 7 PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 $15

W/ RAHIM ALHAJ TRIO

Iraqi-American virtuoso/composer, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist—traveling the world to “give voice to the voiceless.”


“Taina Freedom Festival 3 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 3 FREE! (outdoors at Freedom Square)

W/ TAINA ASILI Y LA BANDE REBELDE

Music, food, arts activities and lots more celebrating creative resistance—featuring the band that rocked the Women’s March on Washington!