The Nile Project

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:30pm - Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:00pm

The Nile Project
Residency Activities
(All activities are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.)


Community Workshop and Fellowship
10:30am-12:30pm / Boone Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship (381 E. King Street)
Community members are invited to join the Boone Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship for a fascinating program featuring a lecture, music, conversation and fellowship with the musicians of the Nile Project. Service and workshop will begin at 11am with an opportunity to meet the artists at 10:30am.

New River Clean-Up
Organized by the Office of Sustainability, Department of Biology and Trout Unlimited
9:30am-12:30pm / Brookshire Park (250 Brookshire Road)
A small group of Nile Project musicians will visit the New River and be available for sharing conversation and music with participants in connection with the clean-up project.

Panel Discussion: “River Stories”
(Exhibition viewing and reception to follow, as described below)
2:30-4pm / Turchin Center Lecture Hall, TCVA 1102
Nile Project Producer & CEO Mina Girgis will use stories about the longest river in the world to engage panelists familiar with local watersheds in a conversation exploring the diverse ways our rivers create meaning in our cultures. University faculty panelists to include: Laura England, Cody Miller and Tom Hansell.

Exhibition Viewing: “Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River”
4-5pm / Mayer Gallery, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King Street)
In partnership with the Center for Appalachian Studies and the New River Conservancy, the Turchin Center presents this exhibition designed to showcase the headwaters of the New River, to focus attention on the environmental threats which imperil local watersheds, and to draw parallels between the sustainability challenges faced by the New River Basin and our local rivers. A small group of Nile Project musicians will be at this event. Exhibition ends: Saturday, July 29, 2017.


Music and Dance Masterclass
10-11:30am / Valborg Theatre (480 Howard Street)
Musicians from Kenya and Uganda will conduct this masterclass for students in the Hayes School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Guests are invited to observe this masterclass.

Workshop/Panel Discussion: “Musical Collaboration & Water Cooperation”
10-11:30am / Tater Hill Room, Plemmons Student Union
During this interactive lecture demonstration which also features musical performance, Nile Project artists relate their collective creative process to the efforts of diplomats and water professionals in finding win-win solutions to hydro-political conflicts.

Music and Dance Masterclass
1-2:30pm / Valborg Theatre (480 Howard Street)
This masterclass for students in the Hayes School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance will feature music and dance traditions of Northeast Africa. Guests are invited to observe this masterclass.

Panel Discussion: “Music, Citizen Engagement & Water Resource Management”
1-2:30pm / Tater Hill Room, Plemmons Student Union
During this engaging panel discussion, participants will explore ways in which music has been utilized as a citizen engagement strategy to overcome political stakeholder barriers, create a common understanding between competing interests, and build constituencies for action both between and within nations where water has become an impediment to peace and socio-economic development. University faculty panelists to include: Richard Rheingans, Shea Tuberty and Dana Powell.

Workshop: “Zar: A Female Traditional Along the Nile”
6-7:30pm / Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union
During this lecture demonstration, participants will examine the traditional leadership role women have played in a ritual common among Nile riparians. Zar is a female-centric trance ritual that may have originated in Ethiopia, from which it spread to Sudan, Egypt and the Horn of Africa over several centuries. At the end of Nile Project musicians will demonstrate a variety of Zar songs and rhythms.

The Schaefer Center Presents...
Public Performance:
7pm / Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The Schaefer Center
Contact name: 
Denise Ringler
Contact email:
Contact telephone: 
828.262.6084, ext. 103