9th Annual Multicultural Heritage Festival

The Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival is a community-based initiative designed to involve people from all segments of the community. This festival celebrates traditional dance and music with live performances from the JHP Cultural Group, JHP Band, Alchemy Tap Project, Saeeda Wright, Herencias Mexicanas, Hokulani’s Hula, Professional Poet Jamee “JAM” McAdoo, and other diverse groups. The festival will feature storytelling, rhythms, movements, and songs, engaging attendees to explore the connections between rhythms, life, and humanity.

Traditional African Dance Workshop

The traditional dance workshop is focused on pure African traditional dances with indigenous movements, such as ‘Fontomfrom’ from Ghana, which is typically performed only for royalty, and ‘Gota’ from Nigeria, a celebration of rich life. We focus on gestural movements of traditional African dances. We do this in partnership with Drummer Yaw Amponsah, Muhammed Siliga (Senegal) and DC Productions (Gambia).

Folk Music & Spoken Words Workshop

Folk music and spoken words focuses on the folk music genre originated in Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya. Participants learn original folk songs like ‘Akonodey”, Adaawe, Simpa, Agbaja, Gome. These songs accompany drumming performances.

By the Fire Side Drum & Dance Workshop

‘By the Fire Side’ is a name derived from our ancient way of telling stories to community members when there was no light but rather the brightness of the moon and stars during the night. We share stories of “Ananse” and traditional dance called “Adowa” (antelope) which tells how the spider and many other forest animals came to be. This is done in collaboration with Okropong, a Ghanaian dance and music group from Portland.

Traditional Drumming Workshop

With various rhythms around the world, JHP’s African drumming workshops teach complex and symbolic drum notations and tones coupled with different rhythms. The beauty about this is the uniqueness in how a drum dictates the movement of a dancer, as compared to counting steps of a dancer. This is to signify the essence of being rhythmic in various aspects of one’s cultural life. We don’t have a permanent place for this activity so we usually rent studios and drums for the attendees, as well as the performers.

Cultural Heritage Festival

For the last two years, JHP has organized a cultural, recreational, and educational event in July to celebrate diverse cultures for undeserved communities. In 2016, over 450 residents and visitors from the city of Shoreline, King County, and throughout Puget Sound enjoyed a variety of cultural performances. Traditional drumming and dances were performed by 6 groups, including 50+ community volunteers, and is on the way towards being the most celebrated cultural event in Shoreline. Performers included local talent from the city of Shoreline, UW African Dance troupe, and accomplished master percussionists Yaw Amponsah, from Ghana, and Thione Diop, from Senegal.

Traditional Dance & Drum Night on the Park

This event is aimed at promoting diversity and valuing each other’s’ culture and traditions. JHP invites members from different cultures within the community to provide various mini performances to enjoy and celebrate all cultures. It is an opportunity for community members to collaborate and get educated on different cultures around the world.

Past Events


Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival

You are cordially invited to our 4th Annual Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival. The theme for this year’s event is “Diversity in Rythm”. Performers include: JHP Band, Kouyate Arts, North Side Step Team, Kud Ljijan, Alchemy Tap Project, Will Rideout and Jamelia Boney.


  • JHP Legacy
  • Alchemy TAP Project
  • City of Shoreline
  • Shoreline Public Schools
  • Culture King County Lodging Tax
  • Shoreline Arts Council

Dance The Bones

Join our Free Pan African Traditional Dance Workshop.


  • JHP Legacy
  • YMCA (Shoreline)

3rd Annual Cultural Heritage

The 3rd in a series of JHP’s multi-cultural festivals. Performers include Okropong, JHP LIve Band, Halau Hula O Napualani, Kud Ljiljan, Saeeda Wight and Charles.


  • JHP Legacy
  • City of Shoreline
  • SFLP Arts Council