The Arts Council of New Orleans, in partnership with AfricaNola, is proud to present our 3rd annual Celebrate Africa Day Festival at the Arts Market of New Orleans! Celebrate Africa Day will be held during our March Arts Market on Saturday, March 29th from 10:00am to 4:00pm in beautiful Palmer Park at the corner of S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Avenues.
Celebrate Africa Day strives to promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, culture and heritage of African and African-American communities in Louisiana. Our March Arts Market will focus on African music, culture and artistry as well as their connection to Louisiana. West African melodies and rhythms serve as the basis for much of New Orleans music and our market schedule will include musical performances that celebrate this aspect of our rich and vibrant musical culture!
Celebrate Africa Day Performances:
At the Music Tent:
12:00pm: Shaka Zulu, Mardi Gras Indian Chief and owner of Golden Feather, will lead a discussion on connection between New Orleans and African culture
12:30pm: Musical Performances by Jenna Guidry’s Cajun Africa
1:00pm: Second line through Palmer Park led by NOCCA Brass
1:15 – 1:45pm: Musical performances by the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble
2:00 – 3:00pm: Musical performances by Africa Brass
Featuring Troi Bechet & Mario Abney
3:00pm: Drum and dance circle with Luther Gray & Mama Jamilah
All are welcome to join in! Feel free to bring your own drums!
At the Kid’s Tent:
11:00am: African Dance Class with Kai - Suitable for all ages!
11:30am: Silhouette Children’s Dance Performance
1:45pm: African Dance Class with Kai - Suitable for all ages!