#154- National Black Arts Festival – Today Through Sunday, July 18, 2010

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The National Black Arts Festival is starting today – July 14, 2010 – and running through through Sunday, July 18, 2010. The five-day festival is a vibrant, exuberant cultural experience for all ages.

One of the largest annual festivals in Atlanta, the National Black Arts Festival truly has something for everyone – from music to art, theatre to film.  A few particularly anticipated moments for this year’s festival include a performance by the Afro Brazilian percussion group Olodum, a Community Dance Class for local dancers with PHILADANCO at Ballethnic Dance Studios, and Wycliffe Gordon, jazz trombonist, reviving the lost art of live silent film accompaniment as he and a 16-piece big band performs his original score to Oscar Micheaux’s 1925 film, Body and Soul at Georgia State’s Rialto Center. Additionally, July 15 through 18, Centennial Olympic Park will hold the World Music Stage and International Marketplace, which will feature over 100 artisans from around the world showcasing the best in fashion, fine art, and arts & crafts.

There are children’s and family activities, as well, including the Children’s Education Village, which features a multi-media “Growing the Dream” project about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A “hands-on” exploration for children ages 3-12.

Here’s the best part: many of the activities, presentations and exhibits in the schedule are FREE! There are some ticketed events, which are clearly labeled on the schedule, but more of the festival is open to the public for free, making it a truly inclusive, fun, educational event for everyone!

The interactive schedule is available online at the National Black Arts Festival website. Check it out and be a part of this amazing Atlanta event!

WHERE: National Black Arts Festival at various venues around Atlanta – see website for event information and schedule

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