Africatown celebrates first ever Central District Winter Arts and Soul Fest

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As plans move forward for creating a new Central Area Arts District to celebrate the area as a hub for black art, business, and community, one of the groups looking to help preserve and grow the area’s economic and cultural assets will hold the first edition of what it hopes will become an annual event.

The first Africatown Central District Winter Arts and Soul Fest is underway:

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1st Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest

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Seattle, WA – On the heels of Mayor Ed Murray announcing the Central District as the next Cultural Arts District in Seattle, the first Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest kicks off today with Mighty Crown & Fire Links from Japan and Jamaica performing live at the Red Lounge.

The four days of festivities will highlight the neighborhood’s unique African American heritage and African diaspora flavors including a special Black Friday Benefit Concert with Owuor Arunga & Friends at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute; the launch of a new business incubator, the Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space at Midtown Center; and a Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Holiday Marketplace.

An all star cast of Seattle talent, including Josephine Howell, fresh back from performing at American Music Awards with Macklemore will join Owuor Arunga (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Physics) for the concert. Other featured artists are Black Stax, Otieno Terry, Adra Boo, Dadabass, Yirim Seck, Marissa Garrett, and Olu Damar. Proceeds will benefit youth arts and leadership development programming of Umoja PEACE Center and Africatown.

Partnership and promotional support for the event comes from AfricatownSeattle.com, Umoja PEACE Center, Arunga Music, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, OutsideThinc Agency, Hack The CD, Black Dot, The Taste of The Caribbean, Lake Chad Cafe, Third Level Events, Seattle Office of Economic Development and American Express #ShopSmall.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th –

Central Area Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Dinner, 2100 Bldg, Free

Red Lounge presents Mighty Crown & Fire Links(Jamaica) Live in Seattle, Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St.

Thursday Nov. 26th –

Afropolitan Seattle Thanksgiving Afterparty feature DJ Topspin, Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St. Doors 9pm.

Friday, Nov. 27th

Black Friday Concert & Marketplace featuring Owuor Arunga & Friends. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S. Market Place opens at 12 noon. Doors for concert open at 6:30pm.
first Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest

Saturday, Nov. 28th –

Africatown Small Business Saturday Marketplace at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S.

Opening of Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space @ Midtown Center, 1160 23rd Ave

4th Annual Dancehall Reunion Bash @ Eritrean Hall, 1954 S. Massachusetts St.

What: Africatown-Central District Winter Music & Arts Fest

When: Wed Nov. 25 – Sat. Nov. 28, 2015

Where: Multiple Venues in Africatown-Central District

Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space, 1160 23rd Ave.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S.

Red Lounge, 1212 E. Jefferson St.

Lake Chad Cafe, 1712 S. Jackson St.

Eritrean Hall

For more information visit BlackFriday.AfricatownSeattle.com email info@africatownseattle.com or call 206.941.2527.

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Africatown Winter Arts & Soul Festival Nov 25-28

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Last week, Missouri students and football team showed the power of unity and strategic economic action. A month ago millions responded to the call of #JusticeOrElse in Washington DC and communities across the country are getting ready for the second year of Black Friday Boycotts to make the statement that #BlackLivesMatter.

1The Black Friday Concert feat. Owour Arunga will focus on our continued struggle for social and economic empowerment in the Black community as a highlight the first Annual Africatown Winter Arts & Soul Fest. In partnership with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Arunga Music, Taste of Caribbean/Red Lounge, and Lake Chad Cafe the four days of festivities will highlight the neighborhood’s unique African American heritage and African diaspora flavors while promoting community businesses throughout the holiday season kicking off with Shop Small and Small Business Saturday. For vendor information click here.
Wednesday, Nov. 25th

2Mighty Crown(Japan) & Fire Links(Jamaica) Live in Seattle

Red Lounge

1212 E. Jefferson St.

Thursday Nov. 26th –

3Afropolitan presents Thanksgiving Afterparty

@ Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St. Doors 9pm.

4Friday, Nov. 27th
Black Friday Concert & Marketplace featuring Owuor Arunga & Friends Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S. Market Place opens at 12 noon. Doors for concert open at 6:30pm.

Saturday, Nov. 28th

5Africatown Holiday Marketplace
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave. S.

64th Annual Dancehall Reunion Bash
Eritrean Hall
1954 S. Massachusetts St.

Proceeds will benefit youth leadership development and arts programming.

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HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

Vendor request for information here – http://goo.gl/forms/x4tbfvkVNj

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Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space

An epicenter for cultural innovation and business development, the Black Dot is a multi-puropose space for creative entrepreneurs. Our mission is to provide Black entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to successfully launch, sustain and grow businesses.

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