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African Heritage Festival

Price$0 - $5
June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the vibrant traditions of African cultures and the Museum’s African art galleries with the return of the African Heritage Festival, sponsored by Medical Properties Trust with support from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The festival will include food, art projects, and a focus on the BMA’s African art collection.

Festival Schedule:

1 – 2PM: Panel Discussion //  The Evolution of Black Hair in Birmingham, Alabama 

Join hairstylists Sonia Tutuwan, Darrius Peace, and LaShawn Hill (CROWN campaign state leader in Alabama) for an insightful discussion on the history and significance of Black hair in Birmingham. The panel will be facilitated by Bettina Byrd-Giles, an interculturalist, naturalista community activist, and health equity expert.

3:30 – 4PM: African Storytelling with Dr. Tolu 

Experience captivating stories that connect to African roots, told by the engaging Dr. Tolu.

4 – 5 PM: West African Drumming Performance by Sahi On Ko Djony

Engage with the rhythms and folklore of West African drumming and dance in this dynamic performance.

1 – 5PM: African Headwrap and Fabric Exploration with Dr. Tolu 

Explore the vibrant textiles of Africa with Dr. Tolu, diving into the cultural significance and beauty of African headwraps and fabrics.

1 – 5PM: Face Painting

Enjoy elaborate African-inspired face painting designs.1 – 5PM: Reggae Fusion Food Truck

Savor authentic gourmet Jamaican cuisine from this Veteran-owned family business.

This event also includes performances in the Auditorium. Seats for the performances are limited and can be reserved using the link below! Members may reserve two seats free of charge.

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  • Performance - Member - $0
  • Performance - Non-Member - $5

The Festival is free to attend, except for performances in our auditorium, which has limited seating. Non-members can reserve up to six seats with a $5 donation per seat. BMA members can reserve up to two seats for free. If additional seats are needed, members can reserve up to four more seats for a $5 donation per seat.