Summer at the Plaza

Summer at the Plaza

August 6: Black Arts and Cultural Festival

2:00 - 7:00pm


Presented by McDonald's, the Black Arts and Cultural Festival, formerly African American Family Day, is an updated take on a classic celebration of the traditions and cultural contributions of the black community through music, art, dance, and more. In addition to an exciting lineup of talent on the main stage, the festival will feature five destination areas highlighting themes such as heritage, health & wellness, arts & ideas, and empowerment; a satellite art display of the Albany Center Gallery; and a kids’ zone.

Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness performs and proclaims the music, culture, and history of African Americans to audiences all over the world. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, R&B, gospel, spirituals, hip­ hop, reggae and soul, the group colors each and every “Sound of Blackness” with uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind. The festival will also feature performances by the Jubilee Gospel Community Choir, Scholastic Talent Showcase winners, Wassa Pan Afrika dance, and a Def Poetry Jam Reunion with Danny Simmons.

Schedule of Events
2:00pm     Opening Parade
2:15pm     Jubilee Choir
2:50pm     McDonald's Moment
3:00pm     Scholastic Talent Showcase Winners
3:30pm     Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble
4:15pm     Def Poetry Jam Reunion
5:25pm     Young Noble Gentlemen
5:30pm     Sounds of Blackness

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