MY AQAL STAGE

Multimedia artist Ifrah Mansour along with Cedar-Riverside community members is building a nomadic Somali aqal (house) that serves as a gorgeous stage for a variety of performances like Quran reading, drumming, buraanbur and other acts.

Build Days

Wednesday, September 4 - Friday, September 6 

Performance Days: 

Opening Night:

Saturday, September 7th at 6pm on The Cedar’s Community Plaza, 416 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55404! Featuring snacks and performances. 

Pop-Ups Throughout September: 

Saturday, September 13   

Saturday, September 20

Global Roots Festival (September 23 - 25th) 

And more to be added - check back for more details! 

A Nomadic Somali aqal (house)

About Ifrah MANSOUR: 

Ifrah Mansour is a Somali, refugee, Muslim, multimedia artist and an educator based in Minnesota. Her artwork explores trauma through the eyes of children to uncover the resiliencies of blacks, Muslims, and refugees. She interweaves poetry, puppetry, films, and installations. She's been featured in BBC, Vice, Okayafrica, Star Tribune, and City Pages. Her critically-acclaimed, “How to Have Fun in a Civil War” premiered at Guthrie Theatre and toured to greater cities in Minnesota. Her first national museum exhibition; “Can I Touch It” premiered at Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her visual poem, “I am a Refugee” is part of PBS’s short Film festival. "My Aqal, Banned and Blessed" premiered at Queens Museum in New York. Ifrah joined The Cedar Artist Collective in 2019, where she serves as part of a six-member group of curatorial artists and cultural liaisons from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to advise efforts at The Cedar to expand access and diversify programming. Learn More.