Pan African Festival of Georgia
Embracing cultural diversity while celebrating 18 years of African influence in middle Georgia
Join us on April 24, 25, and 26 of 2014, as we drum up a lot of excitement, entertainment and fun in downtown Macon as our Pan African Festival of Georgia prepares for another successful year, with some subtle changes the whole family will enjoy. For the third time, all of the activities will take place on - Cherry Street Plaza, near our beautiful new, 49,000 square-foot museum, slated to open in spring of 2015.
The 2014 Pan African Festival will be bigger and better than ever and is jam-packed with activities- music, dance, food, art, and the return of the Georgia Power International Children’s Village.
This family friendly event will feature delicious Caribbean and Soul Food options for your dining pleasure, as well as unique African goods for purchase, including local artists showcasing their pieces for purchase.
At center stage, in front of the Terminal Station, regional and local artists, musicians, and performers will entertain the crowds. A special kick-off event, the GEICO Poetry Theatre, will launch the Festival on Thursday evening, April 24, at 7pm at the Douglass Theatre. This event will offer a documentary “You Belong Everywhere: Portrait of a Living Poet,” as well as featuring nationally recognized spoken word artist, Abyss Graham. This event will include an open mic session and is free and open to the public.
Other features and offerings of the 2014 Festival include The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s community services village, an Interfaith Unity Service, and once again, the Georgia Power International Children’s Village featuring hands on crafts and an opportunity to travel to Africa, compliments of Bonaire Middle School and Two Hands International, Inc. Games, crafts, and an opportunity to immerse the entire family into African culture, and the best part? No passport needed!
The Pan African Festival of Georgia is sponsored by BB&T, this year’s International Taste of Soul Presenting Sponsor, GEICO, The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Georgia Power, the Macon-Bibb County CVB, the Douglass Theatre, Poetic Peace Arts, 13WMAZ, The Telegraph, Clear Channel Radio, and Cox Communications, and the 11th Hour.
Founded in 1996, by artist and community leader, Chi Ezekwueche, this festival is one of the Tubman African American Museum’s signature events. Enjoy the celebration, the experience, and the presentations of music, dance, food, film, art, and spoken word, as we explore the dynamic and diverse cultures created from the African Diaspora. This weekend community event celebrates African influences from around the world, is open to all and is formed around the principles of Love, Peace, Unity and Hope.
Schedule of Events are as follows:
GEICO Poetry Theatre – Thursday, April 24 7-9pm
Local artists step forward to deliver authentic poetic pieces. This event is a collaboration between Poetic Peace, the Douglass Theater, and the Tubman African American Museum.
An Evening of Entertainment – Friday, April 25 5pm – FREE
(Marketplace on Cherry Street Plaza opens at 5pm)
Opening Ceremony & Interfaith Unity Service Saturday, April 26th 11am - FREE
Cherry Street Plaza
A diversity of faiths come together in a celebration of unity. Program lasts one hour.
Marketplace & Entertainment Saturday, April 26 11am – 11pm
Cherry Street Plaza
Enjoy the day with the whole family! Local artists take to the streets in the form of song, music, dance and much more. Performers in every genre of music from gospel to R&B to Alternative will take to the stage. Vendors provide unique items and exquisite culinary treats.
Georgia Power International Children’s Village Saturday, April 26 11-6pm
In the Plaza
Take a journey throughout Africa, from A to Z, no passport needed! Games, face painting, performances, and lots of fun is in store for the entire family.