1st Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest

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Seattle, WA – On the heels of Mayor Ed Murray announcing the Central District as the next Cultural Arts District in Seattle, the first Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest kicks off today with Mighty Crown & Fire Links from Japan and Jamaica performing live at the Red Lounge.

The four days of festivities will highlight the neighborhood’s unique African American heritage and African diaspora flavors including a special Black Friday Benefit Concert with Owuor Arunga & Friends at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute; the launch of a new business incubator, the Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space at Midtown Center; and a Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Holiday Marketplace.

An all star cast of Seattle talent, including Josephine Howell, fresh back from performing at American Music Awards with Macklemore will join Owuor Arunga (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Physics) for the concert. Other featured artists are Black Stax, Otieno Terry, Adra Boo, Dadabass, Yirim Seck, Marissa Garrett, and Olu Damar. Proceeds will benefit youth arts and leadership development programming of Umoja PEACE Center and Africatown.

Partnership and promotional support for the event comes from AfricatownSeattle.com, Umoja PEACE Center, Arunga Music, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, OutsideThinc Agency, Hack The CD, Black Dot, The Taste of The Caribbean, Lake Chad Cafe, Third Level Events, Seattle Office of Economic Development and American Express #ShopSmall.

Wednesday, Nov. 25th –

Central Area Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Dinner, 2100 Bldg, Free

Red Lounge presents Mighty Crown & Fire Links(Jamaica) Live in Seattle, Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St.

Thursday Nov. 26th –

Afropolitan Seattle Thanksgiving Afterparty feature DJ Topspin, Red Lounge 1212 E. Jefferson St. Doors 9pm.

Friday, Nov. 27th

Black Friday Concert & Marketplace featuring Owuor Arunga & Friends. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S. Market Place opens at 12 noon. Doors for concert open at 6:30pm.
first Annual Africatown-Central District Winter Arts & Soul Fest

Saturday, Nov. 28th –

Africatown Small Business Saturday Marketplace at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S.

Opening of Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space @ Midtown Center, 1160 23rd Ave

4th Annual Dancehall Reunion Bash @ Eritrean Hall, 1954 S. Massachusetts St.

What: Africatown-Central District Winter Music & Arts Fest

When: Wed Nov. 25 – Sat. Nov. 28, 2015

Where: Multiple Venues in Africatown-Central District

Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space, 1160 23rd Ave.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S.

Red Lounge, 1212 E. Jefferson St.

Lake Chad Cafe, 1712 S. Jackson St.

Eritrean Hall

For more information visit BlackFriday.AfricatownSeattle.com email info@africatownseattle.com or call 206.941.2527.

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