West& The International African Arts Festival

I had such a great time this weekend attending the International African Arts Festival at Commodore John Barry Park in Brooklyn. The park was filled with Beautiful people, great music, food, fashion, and lots of African Dance!!! My personal favorite performance was Asase Yaa and the Fela Queens (from the musical production Fela!) but I only saw about 5 performances in total. I will continue to support the festival in future, I admire them for giving the arts and African dance such a platform!



[#MARKET #DANCE #MUSIC] 43rd Annual International #African Arts #Festival (@iaafestival): Preserving & Honoring Our Heritage “Serudj ta”
Featuring Third World Band, Earthman Experience Band, Akua Allrich & Awo Sangho
Thursday, July 3-Sunday, July 6 | 12-9pm
Commodore Barry Bark | Navy Street between Park Ave and Flushing Ave | Brooklyn, NY
Admission: $3 Donation

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.

I had so much fun at the International African Arts Festival. Of course, it was way too hot and my legs stopped working for a minute, but I got a few pairs of earrings (and modeling propositions which I am sure were just so the men could “holla”) and had a good time with mommy and Umi.

I have to upload some of the pictures.

@IAAFtweet 2011 Summer Throwback — take a look @ the #dope fashion at the International African Arts Festival #IAAF. The wide variety of traditional and contemporary fashion and art of the African really is brilliant, forward and fly. I go every year and am always completely in awe of all of the beautiful pieces there; it really is my favorite time of the year. I wish I’d taken more pics of my finds, but I’ll stick to that commitment for next year…

Pictured with me is Erika Nyaee, designer of JoZee B. check out her collection here —> I bought 1 of her dresses to rock for for my upcoming bday. *tooqute*

You should also mark your calendar for July 4 weekend every year for the IAAF @ Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. Get connected with the festival via these links:
- Website:
- Facebook:
- Twitter: @IAAFtweet | #IAAF

If you like this festival, definitely check out BAM’s (Brooklyn Academy of Music’s) Dance Africa Festival & Bazaar, Memorial Day Weekend, May 19-27, 2013—>

Taking out revolution and internationalism at the International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY on anti-July 4th

International African Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

Hundreds of people strolled leisurely around this festival, in the sweltering summer heat, listening to African music, tasting African and Caribbean delicacies, and browsing jewelry, clothing, music cd’s, and African drums, in the multi-aisled outdoor marketplace. Vendors from West Africa, Barbados, Guyana, Senegal, the U.S. and many other countries brought their wares to sell. Some people traveled from their home countries to this five day festival. It was a colorful crowd with Muslim African women in traditional dress, Rastafarians, African Americans, and people of all nationalities.

In the midst of this, revolutionaries talked to people about BAsics, Revolution newspaper and the cards featuring quotes : "American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People’s Lives.” BAsics 5:7 and “Internationalism—The Whole World Comes First.” BAsics 5:8.

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[ART/DANCE/MUSIC/CRAFTS/GOODS/FOOD FESTIVAL] 41st Annual International African Arts Festival (@iaaftweet)
Saturday, June 30-Wednesday July 4 | 10am-9pm
Commodore Barry Park, located at Navy Street, between Park and Flushing Avenues, on the border between Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene Brooklyn, NY
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This four-day annual arts and crafts festival, a Brooklyn summer institution since 1971 (and formerly held at Boys and Girls High School), includes an African Marketplace, dance and music performances, and fashion shows.

The festival takes place at Commodore Barry Park rain or shine, July 1-4, 10AM-9PM

Ancestral opening with Shanto
James Fleet/Drake Colley Quintet
Ngoma-Tribute to Billy Bang
Greg Stamper
Colonel Abrams Dance Party
Asase Ya

Tribute to Chief Bey, Nana Dinizulu and Baba Ishangi
Ifetayo Youth Ensemble
Omi Yesa
Dimizulu African Dancers, Drummers and Singers
Ishangi family Dancers
Bill Mc Cloud, Urban Ju-Jitsu

Amma Watt
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney MC
The Black Alley players featuring Ebony Jo-Ann
Tribute to Gil Scott Heron feat. The Last Poets and the Midnight Band
International Day of the Drum Celebrating and Observance

Rome Neal92s Women In Jazz
Orquesta Tipica 73 (Salsa music)
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney MC
Norman Conners and the Starship Orchestra
Forces of Nature
International Day of the Drum Celebrating and Observance

For information on the Children92s Program (including the Fashion Show, the Afrikan Poetry Theater Poetry Slam, and the Natural Hair Show) and other details, call 718.638.3700 or send an email to info at

40th International African Arts Festival

WHEN/WHERE: July 1 – July 4, 10:00am – 10:00pm, Commodore Barry Park, Park Ave, Navy St & Flushing Ave, Bklyn, NY

WHY GO: The International African Arts Festival has become a mainstay tradition in Brooklyn and for some, the only way you should spend your 4th of July weekend! The festival features hundreds of vendors selling arts of African Diaspora. There is an abundant of music, dance, performances and food. Big fun!

Cost: $3 suggested donation


Today is the first Self Care Sunday at MoCADA. Come down to the museum for wholistic healing services from Harriet’s Apothecary, and tasty treats from Vegan Chef Brian David.

Brian started his journey in the food service business in 2001. One year later, he began his entrepreneurial pursuits as a vendor at BAM’s Dance Africa, The International African Arts Festival, and other seasonal events. From 2003-2011, Brian’s focus shifted to managing the day to day operations of Organic Love formerly known as Italfari Juice Bar and Restaurant in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. His experience paved the way to co-founding Nile Valley Eco-Juice and Salad Bar at the former Dekalb Market in 2011. As the Chef and Operator at Nile Valley Juice, Brian further developed his self-taught raw vegan culinary skills. As a result of his highly regarded culinary arts skills, Brian’s following increased dramatically. He became known for mastery in creating an exquisite assortment of raw vegan foods. He was widely recognized from his photo feature in the Atlantic Terminal Subway from 2011-2013 and received press features in QSR Magazine, Clean Plates, Daily News, and several other local papers and online blogs. Brian is starting a new venture called “Nile Life”, specializing in Organic Raw Vegan Bites. Brian will be at tomorrow’s event with an assortment of hand-crafted raw vegan desserts including his famous Live Berry Cheesecake, Live Apple Pie, Live Chocolate Mousse, and Live Elegant Fruit Tart. His menu will also feature a Kale & Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Herb Dressing.