Groovin’ with the The O’Jays is only one of the very special events being hosted by the National Black Arts Summer Festival begining today in Atlanta. Everyone is interested in some form of the arts and the NBAF is hosting events that include: dance, literature, music, the visual arts, theatre and film. The ten day affair culminates with the annual gala fundraiser and this year‘s theme is a Salute to the Silver Screen; the first ever Dance Africa Atlanta, curated by the critically acclaimed choreographer Chuck Davis as well as exciting premiere film screenings.
This article can only whet your appetite for the amazing events the NBAF has planned for this city. NBAF recognizes that access to the Arts is key to providing the community with a positive avenue for self-improvement; and the events this year are indeed first rate.
The festival opens today with the Trenton Doyle Hancock exhibition at the SCAD Gallery at the Woodruff Arts Center. The ongoing semiautobiographical saga he fabricates weaves allegory, word play, satire, and humor into an inventive, multimedia collage of colors and characters. His works hang in museums internationally.
On Friday, July 8th come and meet Ms. Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of the book, WENCH-A Novel. WENCH explores the complexities of slavery and the misfortunes of four enslaved women as they accompany their masters to a summer resort. It begins at 6:30 p.m., the cost is $10, and the place to be is the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE Atlanta, GA 30315. For the full schedule of the humanities programming being held during the festival, click on this link.
Jazz is king during the festival and at venues all over the city you can hear the tunes of: Rio Negro, Avery Sunshine, Eric Essix, Sandra Hall (Empress of the Blues), Donnie, Julie Dexter, and don’t forget the fabulous O’Jays! Click here for a music schedule.
The festival returns to Centennial Olympic Park for the third year, July 15th-17th with the International Marketplace of over 100 vendors, the Children’s Education Village, and Music Main Stage featuring, Cuban jazz artist Omar Sosa, Jazz vocalists Gregory Porter and Kathleen Bertrand, Latin Dance Party with Rio Negro, Joyce Candido, Nanny Assis and Orquesta Macuba and a fusion of soul, funk and jazz with The Chronicle. All activities at the park are free and open to the public, so come enjoy the food and entertainment while you shop ‘til you drop at the International Marketplace.
NBAF is celebrating 23 years of year-round arts and cultural programming. The fact is that NBAF presents programs and events 365 days each year of which the summer festival is just one part. NBAF is a membership organization that hosts nearly 300,000 patrons each year including 25,000 children through year-round performances, exhibitions, and Education and Public Programs.
The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution founded in 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia after the Fulton County Arts Council commissioned a National study on the unmet need for a festival celebrating and advancing the work of black artists from the United States, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and around the world.
This year’s festival is guaranteed to be full of “unexpected encounters” for festival goers of all ages. For all the information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nbaf.org.
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