African Arts Festival to Showcase History and Films

The five-day run of the International African Arts Festival, opening on June 30 in Fort Greene, will feature a large market with African clothing and crafts. (Photo by Jason Speakman via Brooklyn Paper)

Now in its 47th year, the International African Arts Festival will introduce a new addition to its lineup, reports Alexandra Simon in Brooklyn Paper: a documentary film festival of 12-15 works from the diaspora.

The objective of the films, according to the festival’s board chair Segun Shabaka, is to try “to bring in a historical perspective for the audience.”

The festival prides itself celebrating the wide variety of African cultures represented in Brooklyn, said Shabaka.

“We are truly a pan-African celebration. We have different food vendors, artisans, patrons, performers, and everybody diverse in the African world, so we pull in a diverse crowd,” said Shabaka. “We are preserving and honoring our heritage, and this is a celebration of African culture — from Africa to its Diaspora.”

See what else is in store for the African Arts Festival, to be held at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene June 30 to July 4, at Brooklyn Paper.

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