48th Annual African Arts Festival marks 50th anniversary of the founding of the East organization

AmNews Staff Reports | 6/6/2019, 1:05 p.m.
The International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn’s most beloved celebration of African culture and family, returns to Commodore Barry Park on ...
Annual International African Arts Festival thrills Brooklyn again

The International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn’s most beloved celebration of African culture and family, returns to Commodore Barry Park on Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Each year, organizers select a cultural theme from an African ethnic group and this year’s theme, YA TOND LA TAABA (We are all as one) from the Mossi Nation of Burkina Faso, is appropriate as the festival marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the East organization. It was the East that gave birth to the festival, which started as a PTA block party and fundraiser for the Uhuru Sasa Shule (Freedom Now School) that was located in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

This milestone celebration will feature performers from across Africa and its diaspora as well as programming highlighting the rich history and significant contributions of the East to the International African Arts Festival and to Brooklyn’s unique cultural identity.

Visit www.iaafestival.org or call the office at 718-638-6700 to get information or purchase tickets.