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The Yoruba Project at the Barnes

  • Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA, 19130 United States (map)

Enjoy the celebration of Yoruba-rooted song, drumming, and dance traditions from Yorubaland (Nigeria), Cuba, Haiti, and Brazil, as Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project headlines the PECO First Family Sunday at the Barnes Foundation. Performed by an intergenerational and intercultural ensemble of Philadelphia’s Yoruba-rooted artistic, cultural, and spiritual practitioners, this festive event will begin with an outdoor processional and ancestral tribute, followed by a series of performances in various indoor and outdoor spaces. Featured artistic collaborators and creators on this project include Gilset Mora, Cleonice Fonseca, Jeannine Osayande, Iya Olufemi DeWindt, and Suzzette Ortiz, joined by community ensembles.

Immediately following the performances, community members who have contributed throughout the project will join project leaders Lela Aisha Jones, Alex Shaw, and Germaine Ingram in the Barnes auditorium to share and discuss their perspectives on the arc and the significance of Modupúe | Ibaye for Philadelphia’s Yoruba-rooted communities and beyond for this 2-year journey. This event will be an open invitation for the wider public to experience the unique ways that global traditions have emerged in the research of this project.

Intercultural Journeys’ Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project has walked alongside multiple communities to manifest a diverse set of performative experiences stemming from Yoruba-rooted ancestry, culture, and spirituality. For more information, please visit

Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.