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.

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


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.