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Winner of the 2007 Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (District 5) Unity in Diversity Award, Oriki Theater is a Mountain View based nonprofit performing arts company that provides opportunities for our communities to have a shared experience of Africa through, workshops, performances and outreach programs. 



Set in beautiful Silicon Valley, California – the high-tech capital of the world, the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) provides audiences a lens to the real Africa. 

Produced by Oriki Theater, the mission of the Festival is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. Join us as we take you on an enchanting journey across the continent in a historic showcase of Africa’s seasoned and emerging first-voice filmmakers.

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Rites of Passage

Today’s youth must be armed with the tools and skills to face the hard realities of our society. Our Rites of Passage program offers a set of tools that has been proven to work with young people, irrespective of class, race or family background. 

The program is built on a set of eight principles borrowed from traditional African rites of passage ceremonies, namely: love, respect, honor, strength, wisdom, courage, patience and pride. 

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Sharing Africa

Sharing Africa

Sharing Africa is a fun, colorful and interactive music and dance appreciation program designed for children and teachers from pre-K to 10th grade. 

Sharing Africa features Oriki Theater’s ensemble cast of highly skilled and talented dancers, drummers, storytellers and singers and introduces students and their teachers to African music, songs and dance through sequential, interactive and hands-on activities. 

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“Prior to your existence, there was a void in this community of real, educational, entertaining, informative African culture.”

NAACP – San Jose / Silicon Valley Chapter

“…for your contribution to enriching the life of the community particularly through programming in schools.”

City of Mountain View Mayor’s Award, 1998

“In recognition of outstanding and invaluable contribution to the community.”

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, awarded to Oriki Theater, 10/25/03

“This is a group dead-set on presenting authentic African culture.”

From outreach programs in local schools to season productions, Oriki Theater seeks to provide various ways for participants to experience Africa, it’s people and their way of life through a unique combination of dance, drama, music, poetry, chants, folk stories and the drum.

Support our programs by making a tax-deductible contribution to Oriki Theater. Send your check to us at the address above or make your online donation by clicking the donate button above.