In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and law enforcement killing Black people across the country, the International African Arts Festival is holding their 49th annual Libation event this Saturday, June 20th 2020.
According to the press release, the board members of the festival wanted to continue the event as a source of healing and to relieve stress for members of the African Diaspora. In the past, the African Diaspora defined Libation as a ritual ceremony that gives respect to ancestors while asking for continued blessings and guidance.
Performers for the event include Grammy-nominated Moroccan band Innov Gwana, Garifuna International Band from Honduras, Haiti’s IET Band and Winard Harper with his Jazz Ensemble, Jeli Posse from the US.
In addition to the performances, there will also be activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Asasa Yaa Dance Group and Fusha Dancers will not only perform, but they will also have workshops to encourage families to move around while being at home. Honeybee Arts will conduct art classes in real time.
Libation 2020 will stream on www.iaafestival.org on Saturday, June 20 from 7-9 p.m. There will also be a livestream on the festival’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.