Landmark Center’s popular Urban Expedition program, provides families with an opportunity to learn about the world right here in Saint Paul’s backyard. In its 14th season, five individual programs will provided authentic cultural experiences that included music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.
- January 12 – Germany
- February 9 – Guatemala
- March 8 – Indonesia
- March 22 – Poland & Hungary (POSTPONED date TBD, see virtual event below)
- May 31 – Senegal & Sierra Leone (POSTPONED date TBD, see virtual event below)
May 26 – “Virtual sampler” of UE: Senegal & Sierra Leone
Welcome to our virtual sampler of Urban Expedition: Senegal and Sierra Leone!
Some facts about Senegal –
Language: French is the official language, with many other ethnic language ( Balanta-Ganja, Hassaniya Arabic, Jola-Fonyi, Mandinka, Mandjak, Mankanya, Noon (Serer-Noon), Pulaar, Serer, Soninke, and Wolof) are recognized “national languages”
Population: 15,854,323 (2018 estimates)
Capital and largest city: Dakar
A few facts about Sierra Leone –
Language: English is the official language, the Krio language, derived from English and several indigenous languages, is spoken by 90% of the country’s population.
Population: 7,092,113 (2015 census)
Capital and largest city: Freetown
ANTHEM: National Anthem of Sierra Leone
DANCE: Sierra Leone
Independance Anniversary Celebration:
TRADITIONS: Weaving in Sierra Leone
CRAFT: Make a chimpanzee (the national animal of Sierra Leone)
ANTHEM: National Anthem of Senegal
DANCE: A festival in Dakar
TRADITIONS: Traditional clothing of Senegal
CRAFT: Make a lion (the national animal of Senegal)
VIRTUAL EVENTS: April 20 & 21 – “Virtual sampler” of UE: Poland & Hungary. Visit our community partners Dolina Polish Folk Dancers, the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota, Minnesota Hungarians and the Vidéki Hungarian Dancers.
DANCE: Dolina Polish Folk Dancers
CRAFTS: Check out this craft blog and make a flower crown using wire.
TRADITIONAL FOOD RECIPES:
Polish “Potica” (pro: po-TEET-sa) Bread. Also called Povitica bread. Polish Soup Fest from the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota
FOLK ART DEMONSTRATION: Polish Egg Decorating “Pisanki”
FOLK ART DEMONSTRATION & LEARNING: Visit this Smithsonian website for demonstrations of several Hungarian folk arts such as weaving, wicker work, ginger bread, embroidery and more!
All programs are from 1-3 pm (except virtual events) , FREE and open to the public. Children and adults alike receive a travel “passport” that will be stamped for each country in the series. Along with music and dance, each Urban Expedition features live animals native to the featured country, and language lessons.
Urban Expedition is a part of Sundays at Landmark, an event series is produced by Minnesota Landmarks, the nonprofit programming and management agency for Landmark Center. Urban Expedition is sponsored by Ramsey County, Travelers, Ecolab, Xcel Energy Foundation, Lillian Wright and C.Emil Berglund Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, and Minnesota Parent. For more information call 651.292.3063.