Atlanta Black Arts Festival

Today at lunch I popped over to Atlantic Station with a few co-workers to check out the clothes, art and jewelry on display and to take in a little ambient music. A few of the surface streets are closed to make room for vendor booths, and there’s a stage near the main 17th street entrance where musicans were starting to warm up by way of a loose jam session. While the Friday lunch traffic/attendance was low, it was still promising and we watched it swell even as we closed in on 1:15. I’m sure they’ll be swarms of folks there over the weekend, but all I have to say is “ha! I got there first and got *the* cutest dress for $60!” (insert Nelson ha-ha here).

Swing by tonight if you can, there are some really amazing deals to be found on incredible work and you know they’re not going to last.

Summary of event (what’s left of it, it started on the 20th):

10 a.m.-9 p.m. through Sunday, July 29.

Includes artists market, literary festival, education/children/family programming, the Pan African Film Festival. Also, dance, musical, theater and visual arts events. Venues include Greenbriar Mall, Clark Atlanta University, Atlantic Station, Hammonds House, Woodruff Arts Center, Fox Theater, Horizon Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts, Rialto Arts Center, Balzer Theater and Tabernacle.

6 Comments so far

  1. CM (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    That dress is DAMN cute!!


  2. Maigh (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    Can’t wait to see how yours turn out.

    (CM is having some dresses custom made)


  3. davesm (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    Went to the Rialto last night and saw the Abdullah Ibrahim Trio. Jazz Pianist who composed the unofficial Anthem of S. Africa. He was brilliant!!! His music had a melancholy, but happy spirit about it which I can only attribute to life in S. Africa during apartied. They also had a DNA test kit so your Paternal and Maternal DNA markers could be traced/matched to people anywhere in the world (including countries in Africa). So an African American can now know that their DNA matches for example Cameroon or the Ibo of Nigeria. I think that is a wonderful thing, because many can take for granted that they are Irish, Italian, etc, but this is tantamount to finding your biological parent if adopted (ethnically speaking). The coolest part of the evening was I got to meet “The Haitian” from my favorite TV show Heroes.


  4. tiffany (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    it’s actually the *national* black arts festival. and it’s 20 years old (http://nbaf.org/about/index.cfm?Fuseaction=History). it started as a bi-annual festival, and became an annual festival a few years ago.

    there’s a pan-african film festival this weekend too. lots of movies made by black folks and staring black folks from the u.s., u.k., africa and the caribbean.


  5. Feldman (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    When I first saw the title, I was very excited. Then I realized the Festival had nothing to do with necromancy, hexes, curses, witchcraft, or demonology.

    How sad.


  6. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on July 30th, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    For what it’s worth, I don’t think that the Pan African Film Festival is limited to black folk. It was there a few years back that I saw Gavin Hood’s “A Reasonable Man,” one of my favorite films ever. Hood is a white South African.



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