Things to Do at African Heritage Festival

/ Kids and Families

Celebrate the vibrant cultures found throughout the African diaspora at our African Heritage Festival on Saturday! Inspired by the art in our African galleries, this free family-oriented festival features art-making, dance, music, and more. Here are four things to do while you’re here.
  1. Enjoy a dance and drum performance. Saturday’s event features a powerful performance by Atlanta-based African drumming and dance group Giwayen Mata. The group’s name comes from a Hausa language term that translates as “elephant women,” a title given to female leaders of women’s organizations. This all-female dance group has wowed audiences across the country and throughout the southeast with entertainment that is empowering and educational.
  2. Enjoy African cuisine. A pop-up restaurant by Catering By LaNetta will offer delicious African cuisine from 11am-2pm. Plus, Magic City Snoballs will be here all day to help you beat the summer heat!
  3. Visit the African galleries. The African art collection at the BMA includes more than 1,600 objects from across the continent of Africa, representing all major regions and artistic styles from 1500 BC forward. The works of art include masks, figure sculpture, textiles, ceramics, household and ritual objects, jewelry, musical instruments, currencies, furniture, clothing, and costume.
  4. Create your own work of art. It wouldn’t be a BMA festival without DIY art activities! Make your own African arts-inspired crafts, including jewelry, clay pinch pots, kufi hats, and more.

We’ll see you at African Heritage Festival on Saturday from 10am-2pm!

The 2018-2019 Family Festivals Series is presented by Medical Properties Trust.