Black performers and visual artists, musical performances, dance, food, vendors, children’s activities, resource groups and cultural institutions.
All that and more is what attendees can expect at this year’s Black Arts Fest MKE, according to a news release.
The annual festival returns Saturday after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Being able to have a festival that’s family-friendly and well-run in a beautiful lakefront facility sends a message that the African-American community is valued,” Festa Board Chairman Derek Tyus, senior vice president and chief investment officer of West Bend Mutual Insurance, said in a news release. “Black Arts Fest MKE will showcase all types of music, dance, art and food. Our goal is to highlight the rich cultural heritage and contributions of African-American culture with a strong focus and emphasis on black and African-American businesses and artists from the state.”
Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 event, from its times and location to entertainment and activities.
When is Black Arts Fest MKE?
Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
Where is Black Arts Fest MKE located?
Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee
What is Black Arts Fest MKE?
“Black Arts Fest MKE was created to continue Milwaukee’s long history of bringing together people from across the nation to educate, celebrate, remember and honor the deep-rooted African heritage and impact of Black cultural arts in America,” the statement said. news release.
Entertainment: Musical performances, roll calls of the Divine Nine
Here’s the list of entertainment for the Miller Lite Stage, according to the festival’s website:
The party of the Divine Nine — Black Fraternities and Sororities — will run all day.
- 12:30 p.m. Opening ceremony
- 13.00 Cultural celebration by Heritage
- 14:00 R&B Live MKE founded by Lena Cole and Divine Nine roll call by DJ Mr. Martin from R&B Live
- 4pm Soul Unplugged on the Veranda hosted by Kwabena Nixon
- 17:00 “Erykah Badu and Jill Scott Experience” performed by Tasha Marie and Sondra B
- 18:00 Divine Nine name party
- 7pm Band Bazaar presented by Cigarette Break featuring Adi Armour, Joe Jordan, DMC and Shonn Hinton & Shotgun
Cultural scene: African dances, musical performances
The cultural stage will feature African dance at 1pm, followed by performances by Tiffany Terry at 1:30pm, Tasha Nicole at 2pm, Chris Crane at 3pm and Christopher’s Project at 5pm h.
Family Zone: Crafts, TikTok Dance, Fashion Show
The Family Village area will offer face painting and arts and crafts at noon, the lineup said.
Signature Dance Company will be there at 1:30 p.m
A TikTok dance challenge will take place from 2pm to Ciara’s song ‘JUMP’. The fest shared the dance — led by Milwaukee dancer Casey Sellers — on its Facebook page so people could practice it ahead of time.
“African Fun: A Family Fashion Show” will be held at 3 p.m., and the African dance Fetch ‘Du Senegal will be held at 5 p.m., the lineup said.
More activities: art, sports, market
An art exhibition will be held throughout the day at the Palace of Arts. Vibez Creative Arts Space will host drinking and drawing sessions at 1pm and 7pm, as well as a Divine Nine Party session at 4pm
The Sports Zone will have Kids Basketball hosted by BIG Dreams and Premier Athletic Training Services at noon and Knockerball at 4:30 p.m.
There will also be a cigar lounge hosted by the Ash Gang and a vendor market.
Tickets must be purchased in advance
“Tickets are sold electronically only and must be purchased in advance,” said a post on the Black Arts Fest MKE Facebook page.
A general admission ticket for those ages 13 to 64 costs $15.
A senior citizen ticket for people over the age of 65 costs $12.
A youth ticket for children ages 8 to 12 costs $10.
Children 7 and under and veterans with military credentials receive free admission.
To purchase tickets, visit universe.com/events/black-arts-fest-mke-tickets-NC8SFH. And for more information about the fest, visit blackartsfestmke.com.
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