The 2011 MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts in Charleston will begin on September 29 and will run through Sunday, October 9, 2011, in various venues in Charleston, South Carolina.
The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival that highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to Western and world cultures. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. Nearly half of MOJA’s events are admission-free, and the remainder are offered at ticket prices ranging from $5 to $35. MOJA also includes workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.
Festivities include the 28thMOJA Arts Festival juried exhibition. Artists selected to participate in this year’s exhibition are Jim Amella, Amami Antia-Obong, Karole Turner Campbell, Cassandra Gillens, Alvin B. Glen, Bob Graham, Katherine Houghton, Lori Starnes Isom, Reynier Llanes, Charles Measter, Judy Mooney, Bridget Murray, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr., Georgette Sanders, Curtis Stephens, Andrew Tate, Elliott B. West, and Gerald Williams.
On October 1st Heritage Day features day-long activities featuring live entertainment; African, African-American and Caribbean vendors marketplace with ethnic foods, international crafts; storytelling and Swahili workshops; a major Health & Wellness Fair; and other events at Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Blvd. As part of the theatrical events, there will be a performance on October 6 of “Diary Frum De Neck Part 3: Dis Ya Da Gullah/Geechee Famblee Reunion” by Carlie Towne Productions at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street.
Musical and dance events include performances by Da’ Gullah Rootz, de Lions of Jah, Charleston Ballet Theater, PHILADANCO, A rousing end to an exciting festival featuring Tropical Steel Vibes with sounds from the Caribbean, Jazz and favorites from Oscar Rivers and Company, and Latin music along with African, African American and Caribbean craft vendors, sumptuous foods and more. This celebration will take place on October 9 from 4:00-9:30pm at Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Blvd.
For more information and full schedule, visit mojafestival.com
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Shown here: Philadanco Troupe.