The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) will explore the arts through music, dance, visual arts, humanities and children’s programming now through July 17. The theme for this year’s festival is Unexpected Encounters, and will feature exciting and unique events, performances, symposiums and workshops for the entire family.
The O’Jays will celebrate over 50 years of music at the 2011 Legends Celebration, July 15, 8pm at Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall. This celebration is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.
Dance Africa’s Founder and Artistic Director Chuck Davis, curates Dance Africa Atlanta! at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State Universityon July 16, at 8pm., and July 17, at 3pm. Dance Africa Atlanta! will feature South African contemporary dancer and choreographer Vincent Mantsoe; traditional South African boot dancing from Lesolé Dance Project; works inspired by Mali, the Ivory Coast, South Africa, Guinea and others interpreted by Atlanta’s Giwayen Mata; and master kora player and Griot Ba Cissoko. This event is sponsored by Macy’s and Chevron.
Every year (NBAF) partners with local museums and galleries provide art collectors and admirers a robust offering of visual arts presentations. Visit NBAF for a full listing of visual arts exhibitions. Some of these events include:
Interpretations: Black Visual Art – Past, Present and Future. A night of visual arts celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of influential American artist, Romare Bearden, honoring 5 master artists, recognizing artists who are currently engaged in provocative work, and introducing emerging artists with fresh perspectives. This event will be held on July 14, at 8pm, at Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall. This event is sponsored by Bank of America.
The Pan African Film Festival will present a diverse slate of films from throughout the African Diaspora. These provocative films were created by filmmakers of color throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. Show times are Wednesday, July 13, at 10am – 6:30pm; Thursday, July 14, 2:30am. – 9:00pm.at Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University.
From Thursday, July 14 to Sunday, July 17, International Marketplace at Centennial Olympic Park, will feature paintings, beautiful woven fabrics and clothing, uniquely handcrafted jewelry, and wood carved sculptures from artists around the world. This event also features Publix Healthy Cooking Pavilion, African Ancestry, Senegalese Village and Ghanaian Trade Fair. Marketplace days and hours of operation are: July 14, 5pm-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 12pm-8pm, at Centennial Olympic Park.
Come and enjoy three days of jazz, reggae, blues, soul and African rhythms! Featuring Orquesta Macuba, Rio Negro, Ras Kofi, Frankie’s Blues Mission, Chicago Bob Nelson, Sandra Hall The Empress of Blues, Donnie, Julie Dexter, The Chronicle, Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron, Kathleen Bertrand, Gregory Porter and Omar Sosa. Visit NABF for a full line up of artists. July 15-July 17, Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturday 12pm-9pm; Sunday 12pm-8pm, at Centennial Olympic Park.
On Sunday, July 17, at 7pm, The National Black Arts Festival and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continue their annual partnership to present a community concert at Ebenezer Baptist Church on historic Auburn Avenue.