African American festivals make up an intrinsic part of their cultural celebrations. Across the United States of America; at different times of the year, blacks gather in their groves to celebrate this rich cultural heritage. African Americans account for about 13% of the US population. There is no sector or profession in the US without a successful black presence. And these festivals help promote the African American culture as well as celebrate their successes. Here are just a few of the African American festivals that highlight Africa’s culture, music, dance, and more.
National Black Arts Festival (NBAF)
National Black Arts Festival is usually a one-week long event in Atlanta, Georgia. The Art of Fashion, an NBAF event, will hold on March 26, 2020. The African American festival features exceptional cultural displays and performances of African descent. Besides dance, theater, music forms, and film, the event also features an educational workshop on community and arts. NBAF also tries to use the occasion to create exposure for new businesses.
Other public events still to hold in 2019 includes the Outdoor Museum Exhibition slated for August 2019 to May 2020. The Outdoor Exhibition takes place at Woodruff and Freedom Parks simultaneously. ‘Between the World and Me’ is a theatrical performance for October 22, 2019. The venue is at the Symphony Hall.
Main events concluded in 2019 include the NBAF Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 25th & 26th. Next Salon, a visual, musical, and literary arts festival held at the Spoke ATL in September 2019.
Dallas Harambee Festival 2019
Dallas Harambee Festival 2019 is another exciting African American festival that celebrates the African’s survival in a foreign land. Highlights of the event include dances, traditional drumming, spirituality, etc. That’s not all; you can learn a lot about the African cultural heritage, play games, stop at the food stand, and vendor to spice up your outing. The 45th annual even holds October 26, 2019, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Dallas, Texas.
National Black Book Festival
The National Black Book Festival gives credit to African American authors from different genres. The event activities include cultural exhibitions, musical performances, networking, discussion, etc. It is usually a three-day event beginning from October 24, 2019.
AfroSolo Arts Festival
For close to 25 years now, AfroSolo has helped to champion the course of blacks through the African American festivals. The event showcases African Americans through solo performances depicting the African culture. Key activities include literary arts, visual arts, a free jazz concert, etc. The AfroSolo Arts Festivals events commenced August 17, 2019, and will run till November 13, 2019. The venue of the Visual Arts Exhibition is the San Francisco Main Public Library.
American Black Film Festival (ABFF)
The 24th annual American Black Film Festival will hold June 17-21, 2020, at the Miami Beach. The ABFF focuses on celebrating African American talents in film and television content.
It’s a beehive of activities always at any African American festival. Several festivals for 2019 have been concluded with many more yet to hold. Notable in the list of completed African American festivals include the Harlem Week, which kicks-off in August. Others are the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in mid-July. The event runs for 11 days, with over 300,000 in attendance in Indianapolis, Indiana. Odunde Festival holds in June and attracts over 500,000 participants yearly. It is the most populous Africa American festival in the US.
No doubt, African American festivals help to encourage young blacks to thrive to do more. The festivals help keep the African cultural heritage alive. African Americans have contributed so much to the growth of the United States of America. They must do everything, therefore, to attain excellence in their respective endeavors.
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