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National Black Arts Festival highlights: July 29

Spelman College Associate Professor R. Paul Thomason, 55, works structure for the National Black Arts Festival. It begins today as a much different festival than before. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

No doubt, the National Black Arts Festival has changed. Fewer huge names on the schedule. New leadership. Events central to Woodruff Arts Center, instead of a citywide celebration. Employees laid off, artists paid less. Not 10 days of activities, but five. (An AJC story, “Economy forces creators to ‘re-imagine’ Black Arts Festival,” details it all.)

But those are five busy days — hours filled with free concerts, author talks, ongoing art exhibitions and lively markets. The AJC has already detailed some NBAF highlights by category, but for the next few days, I’ll do a daily breakout of a few events. Want more? Here’s the full NBAF list of events.

Events for Wednesday, July 29:

Film: The Pan African Film Festival opens with a series of shorts, then longer films from the United States, Ethiopia, Brazil, France and others. July 29-Aug. 2, Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium. $8 per film or $150 for a festival pass. STORY.

For kids: The Coretta Scott King Book Fair will give a free book to every child that presents a public library card, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, downtown Atlanta-Fulton Public Library children’s section. FREE. STORY.

Poetry: “Ebb and Flow: The Next Generation of Poets Speaks” will put poets ages 13-18 on stage, and offer open mic time. 7 p.m., West End Performing Arts Center. FREE.

Theater: “The Night Writers” tells the story of friends who, in the late 1960s, find an old printing press, an underground newspaper and stories to tell. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Woodruff Arts Center’s Hertz Stage. $8 for students and seniors, $15 for adults.

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5 comments Add your comment


July 31st, 2009
12:55 pm

Not Again, the National White Arts Festival is everyday.

Are you kidding me?

July 31st, 2009
4:08 am

How about the other 360 days a year! You don’t have to be a minority (I’m not…) to understand that majority culture gets the majority of air time by definition.


July 30th, 2009
5:19 pm

When is the National White Arts Festival?

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