The Colorado Black Arts Festival celebrates its 28th annual event on July 11-13, 2014 at Denver’s City Park West. The CBAF is the fifth largest event of its kind in the United States and draws an audience of over 60,000. The theme for this year’s festival is “Expressions”. This theme was chosen because of the activities planned to deepen the connection of festivalgoers with the arts through personal expression. The festival offers opportunities for all ages to personally engage in the various forms of artistic and cultural expression, including music, dance, visual arts, and crafts.
Admission to the Colorado Black Arts Festival is FREE.
The Festival 2014 team is ready to present a visual feast of color, movement and pageantry. Three dynamic stages will present music that includes jazz, blues, soul, gospel, hip-hop, reggae, world beat, and traditional African. Dance performances will include African drum and dance, modern, and interpretive dance. Noted African American visual artists will showcase their work in the mediums of paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, glass, carvings, fiber, and more.
Other Festival 2014 attractions include the popular Boogaloo Celebration Parade, “Watu Sokoni” (People’s Marketplace), Children’s Pavilion for Art and Learning, Joda Village Compound, Art Garden, Community Mural, Community Sculptor, House Music in the Park, Farmers Market, Scavenger Hunt, Community Drum Circle, Food Court, and ‘Old Skool’ Car Club Exhibition.
As one of the nation’s pre-eminent presenters of arts and culture of the African American and African diaspora, this green and affordable event is expected to attract more than 60,000 attendees from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. The Festival has attracted artist and attendees from around the world, yet this friendly and warm event has maintained the sense of community that it inspires. Colorado residents of all cultures have described the annual event as a “family re-union”.