Embracing cultural diversity while celebrating more than 20 years of African influence in Middle Georgia
Join us on April 29 – 30, 2017, as we drum up a lot of excitement, entertainment and fun in downtown Macon as our Pan African Festival of Georgia prepares for another successful year, with something that everyone in the whole family will enjoy.
This year, we’re excited to introduce a mobile event app for the Pan African Festival of Georgia for your smartphone and tablet. If you missed last year’s Festival, we promise you that you don’t want to miss this one!
The 2017 Pan African Festival will be bigger and better than ever (check out the schedule of events below) and we’re planning it full of jam-packed activities — music, dance, food, art, storytelling and food trucks — and the return of the Children’s Village. NEW this year: We will host “The Empowerment Experience,” interactive sessions on Finance, Religion, and Health & Wellness.
This family friendly event will feature delicious Caribbean and Soul Food options and food from all around the World for your dining pleasure. There also will be unique goods for purchase, as well as local and regional artists and artisans who will showcase their works for purchase.
At center stage, in front of the Terminal Station, regional and local artists, musicians and performers will entertain the crowds.
Friends of the Festival
You have an opportunity to show your support of the 21st Annual Pan African Festival of Georgia among your friends, family and neighbors! Become a Friend of the Festival by downloading, completing and returning this form before April 21, 2017.
Founded in 1996, by artist and community leader, Chi Ezekwueche, this festival is one of the Tubman Museum’s signature events. Enjoy the celebration, the experience, and the presentations of music, dance, food, film, art, and spoken word, as we explore the dynamic and diverse cultures created from the African Diaspora. This weekend community event celebrates African influences from around the world, is open to all and is formed around the principles of Love, Peace, Unity and Hope.
• Friends of the Festival
• Vendor Application — SOLD OUT!! Vendor spaces are no longer available for the 2017 Pan African Festival.
The list of activities at this year’s Pan African Festival of Georgia is continually growing and evolving, so please bookmark this page, because we’re adding to the following schedule every day! The posted times on this Web page and in the event app are subject to change.
PLEASE NOTE that during the 21st Annual Pan African Festival of Georgia (April 29-30,2017), the Tubman Museum will be open on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Chi Ezekwueche Volunteer Appreciation Banquet
Friday, April 21 (7:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
Join the Tubman Museum Board of Trustees and Staff for an evening to celebrate and thank our dedicated volunteers for their service to the Museum and our community throughout the years. This black-tie event is held in honor of artist and community activist, Chi Ezekwueche, who is also our chief volunteer and founder of the Pan African Festival of Georgia. The evening will feature a silent auction and a delectable, multi-course catered dinner, expertly created and served by Chef Doni Steward and her staff at Catered Events. Live music will be provided by R&B and jazz group, Soulosophy, who play original music, as well as, cover popular tunes.
Check the Chi Ezekwueche Volunteer Appreciation Banquet event page for more information or you can call the Tubman Museum at (478) 743-8544 — You can also purchase your tickets then! This event, which kicks off the 21st Annual Pan African Festival of Georgia, is generously sponsored by Georgia Arrhythmia and ObGyne Consultants.
Marketplace & Concerts on The Plaza
Saturday, April 29 (10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; the Concerts start at 6:00 p.m.)
A great mix of artisans, retailers, food vendors and food trucks will fill the Cherry Street Plaza and a wide variety of talent will entertainment from the grand stage. This year features many new activities, including the return of the Children’s Village, and our introduction of The Empowerment Experience, interactive and informative sessions on Finances & Religion and Health & Wellness, and other special activities inside the Tubman Museum.
THE EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
|Race, Religion and Economics (10:00 a.m.)||Health & Wellness (12:00 p.m.)|
|Pastor Christopher Cabiness, New Hope Baptist Church, Moderator||January Keaton, Anchor, 41NBC-TV, Moderator|
|Senator Mariam Paris, Georgia District 26||Dr. Bryan Scott, One Wellness/Scott’s Pharmacy|
|Merritt Johnson, Financial Expert, Country Financial||Dr. Bola Sogade, ObGyne Consultants|
|Jeremiah Hopes, Center of Hope||Shon Hackett, One Lyfe Health & Fitness|
|Rev. John Dunaway, Professor, Mercer University||Cedric Rollins, Fitness Factor 3|
|Rev. Gary Leibovich, Pastor, Strong Tower Church||Kizzie Lott, Educator|
|George Muhammad, Community Activist|
A variety of concerts and presentations will take place on the stage all day long, including the following:
• Greek Step Show
• The Lion King
• Hayiya Dancers
• Kali Dancers
• Otu Umunne Cultural
• We Are Fitness with Janice Shepard
• Band of Brothers
• Trysha B & Smooth as Honey
• Ken Trimmons
There will be a special performance by the Atlanta-based, international dance, percussion and vocal ensemble, Giwayen Mata, which also will lead a bonus lesson inside the Tubman Museum. Check them on in this video taken during their appearance on NBC’s “1st Look” (The Girl Power Episode), which aired on March 11, 2017.
The headliner for this year’s Saturday evening Pan African Festival concert is Rick James’ Stone City Band, considered by many of their peers to be one of the “Greatest Live Performing Funk/Rock Bands” of all time! This legendary band provided the sounds heard on recordings by Rick James, Teena Marie, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Mary Jane Girls, MC Hammer and Eddie Murphy to name a few.
Our special guest emcee for the evening is actress, comedian and game show host, Kim Coles! The former It’s Showtime at the Apollo host is best known for her role on the sketch comedy, In Living Color, and as Synclaire James–Jones on the Fox series, Living Single.
We’re continually adding to the list, so stay tuned for more information about our Saturday stage!
Marketplace & PraiseFest on The Plaza
Sunday, April 30 (11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; the Concerts start at 2:00 p.m.)
The activities of Saturday continue on the Plaza, while live music on the stage will be provided by the following world-class Gospel entertainers:
• Stellar and Dove Award winner, Pastor John P. Kee and
The New Life Community Choir
• Special Guest, Stellar Award winner, Kierra Sheard
Featuring many local and regional choirs, including the following:
• House of Hope Mass Choir
• Fellowship Bible Mass Choir
• Destined for Greatness
• Bailey Rocket Brass Band
• Aaron Brown
• Del Turner
• Logan Tru
• Kevin Ward
• Mike Murk
• New Life International Ministries Praise Team
• Brother Mike
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