Brooklyn Life | “Dance Africa Festival 2017”

This weekend in Brooklyn NYC, Brooklyn Academy Of Music (BAM) held their annual Dance Africa Festival for the year of 2017. The festival is held yearly during Memorial Day weekend, and runs for a course of three days. This year it was held from May 29th to May 31st.

Dance Africa was created in 1977 by Chuck Davis. He wanted to showcase the African culture through dance. Over time the celebration extended into film, an art exhibition and a outdoor festival. During this celebration you get a chance to partake in the richness of the culture, and all of the wonderfulness it has to offer. The out door festival is held right outside of the theater spanning about 5 blocks. On those blocks you will find vendors who not only sell items that are inspired by African culture, but also African American and Caribbean culture as well. These items include food, clothing, artwork, jewelry, oils, incense in addition to many any other things. Street vendors travel from all over just to partake in this festival. Within the many years of it’s existence, Dance Africa has expanded beyond the NYC area. It is also held in Chicago; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; and Dallas.

Dance Africa 2017
A Beautiful Mural

This weekend I honestly totally forgot that this was Dance Africa’s weekend. I was just so over the moon to be getting a three day weekend! I was mentally preoccupied that I had to rise early on Saturday. Usually my youngest daughter London, has Girl Scouts on Saturday religiously.

My oldest daughter Madison who plays basketball, has games on Saturday as well. Just not Saturday, thankfully. On this particular Saturday it was Madison’s weekend, and not London’s. So that’s where all my attention was, once Saturday morning arrived. As me and London were on our way to the train station, Madison calls me to tell me her game was canceled.

I figured since I was already out and about I might as well go to the mall which is located in the downtown section of Brooklyn, and run a few errands. I ran my errands and as I was walking, making my way to the bus stop. I saw crowds of these people, just chilling. Tents, tables, food, street vendors, and that’s when it all hit me. It’s the Dance Africa Festival! So I figured I have this little chick with me, who is working my nerves cause I did not purchase her yet another Barbie Doll that she just had to have. Maybe this might calm her down a bit and tired her out in the process.

For me personally I was in heaven! I am a foodie, and I love all things artsy so this was right up my alley! I an instant I was upset that I failed to bring my camera, but non the less I still took photo’s with my phone so I could share with you guys. There was so much to see in such a small space. BAM also had an arts and crafts table set up for the kids, and it was free! Who does not love some nice free actives for the kids? I was able to keep lil’ Miss London busy for a good 3 1/2 hours. Plus they there was food that I could purchase (which was kind of pricey and not all that great might I add) to keep her from starving half to death.

Peep that pictures below to get a glimpse of our day at the Dance Africa Festival of 2017!

PS: I have made note to now carry m camera around with me like some sort of photographer cause hey you never know.

Dance Africa Festival 2017
Young Boy Preparing Shea Butter for Sale
Dance Africa Festival 2017
London Touching The She Butter

 

Dance Africa Festival 2017
Beautifully Weaved Baskets & Fans
Dance Africa Festival 2017
Cute Outfit That I could Not Buy, But I wished I Could.

 

Dance Africa Festival 2017
Dope Afro Girl Mirrors
Dance Africa Festival 2017
Hand Made Leather Band Watches

 

Dance Africa Festival 2017
Unfortunately I was unable to capture this picture in it’s entirely. Beautiful Painting
Dance Africa Festival 2017
Hand Made Masks
Dance Africa Festival 2017
Beautifully Woven Baskets
Dance Africa Festival 2017
Hand Made Necklaces
Dance Africa Festival 2017
Hand Made Necklaces
Dance Africa Festival 2017
More Hand Made Necklaces
Dance Africa Festival 2017
And More Hand Made Necklaces. Can you tell that this was my favorite vendor? Dope Work!!
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Same Vendor
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Same Vendor, more dope pieces.
Dance Africa Festival 2017
London and some other kids drawing with chalk in the street. Childhood memories.
Dance Africa Festival 2017
London making buttons at the BAM Children Activity Table
Dance Africa Festival 2017
London finishing up her button
Dance Africa Festival 2017
Kids At BAM Activity Table.
Dance Africa Festival 2017
London showing off the paper doll she made at the BAM table
Dance Africa Festival 2017
Street Performers
Dance Africa Festival 2017
She was too fab not to photo
Dance Africa Festival 2017
African Fulani Earrings I Purchased

I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures I captured for you. Did you have a chance to go to Dance Africa 2017 this Memorial Day Weekend, and were you able to partake in the festivities? Did you enjoy? I’d love to hear from you, so share your experience down below!

Dance Africa Festival 2017
The What’s Up!

 

XOXO,

Toni  💋

7 thoughts on “Brooklyn Life | “Dance Africa Festival 2017””

  1. I would LOVE going to something like this! I am all about festivals that I can find “one of a kind” things at and this looks like this type of event. We have one in Cleveland, its on the other side of town in an “artsy” area I try to get to it yearly and I make sure I take my children so they can appreciate these types of events too. Enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures!!

  2. I so miss events like this in NYC! I, especially loved the picture of the brother preparing shea butter. We so desperately need to hold on to a culture, cultivate it and pass it on to the next generation. Thanks for the post.

    1. I totally agree! These little things like this makes me love NYC. The culture is so rich here and very diverse. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you.

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