Uniting Cultures Through Art at the Church of Scientology of the Valley
Bridging cultural differences and creating friendship and understanding through music and dance.
In a world where racism and discrimination are headline news, a prince of the Buganda Kingdom of Uganda, singer-songwriter Saava Karim, is uniting cultures through music and dance. Through his nonprofit, BantuFest, and an annual concert of the same name, hosted this year by the Church of Scientology of the Valley, he brings together diverse communities in the name of friendship and equality.
The array of colorful ethnic costumes on stage and throughout the auditorium showed the universal appeal of the concert, with performers from Uganda, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Guatemala and America. The evening was capped by the exotic taste of Ugandan delicacies served to all attending.
The word “Bantu” means “a group of people.” Thus “BantuFest” is a term coined to mean a gathering of people from all walks of life for a worthy cause. BantuFest is raising funds for a childbirth hospital in Uganda, where some 7,500 women and girls die in childbirth or pregnancy each year. BantuFest also sponsors drug prevention, medical assistance, school programs to promote local culture, and assistance to creative artists in Africa.
There is always something exciting going on at the Church of Scientology of the Valley in North Hollywood, California. The Church, which was dedicated in March 2017, makes auditorium and conference rooms available for nonprofit and cultural programs and has become a hub for the community including hosting the Los Angeles tour of the Philippine Ballet Theater earlier this year.
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The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.
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