WOW! This is so historic! Can you believe this awesome Africentric event had first started in 1971???
"BAADENYYA" in the African Swahili language means "Brotherhood & Sisterhood" and it is so INCREDIBLE that International African Arts Festival has endured the test of time.
Official Website: iaafestival.org
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The 41st Annual International African Arts Festival will take place during Saturday, June 30th thru Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 at Commodore Barry Park (Navy Street, between Park and Flushing Avenues, on the border between Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene) rain or shine.
The 5-day annual arts and crafts festival includes an African Marketplace, dance and music performances, and fashion shows. The festival is dedicated to the preservation of art forms, traditions, and cultures of Africa and its diaspora.
About The International African Arts Festival...
The International African Arts Festival began in 1971 as the African Street Carnival, a PTA’s block party fundraiser for an independent school in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn with local entertainers, about 20 arts and crafts vendors, along with food prepared by the parents. Almost 2,000 people came to the event and it was a success. The International African Arts Festival (IAAF) has been part of the Brooklyn’s cultural landscape for 40 years. Each year a committed team of Board members, consultants, part-time seasonal staff and volunteers, work together to transform a city park into an outdoor African cultural oasis that celebrates traditional and contemporary expression of various African cultural art forms.