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Our 5th edition celebrates the contributions made by Afrodescendants from Latin America, the Caribbean & the diaspora.
Our 5th edition celebrates the contributions made by Afrodescendants from Latin America, the Caribbean & the diaspora.
485 backers pledged $31,886 to help bring this project to life.

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To commemorate  our 5th year we celebrate the contributions of women throughout the diaspora. This summer cultural event continues to attract a wide array of artists, both local and international, as well as entrepreneurs, academics, and community leaders. With conferences, culinary presentations and artistic showcases, the Festival highlights the work, values and issues important to the Afro-Latino community.

When buying your tickets you can expect a weekend full of fun, you will jump and dance to the rhythms of soca, merengue, salsa, reggae and Baile Funk under a giant and colorful tent in the Heart of BedStuy, Brooklyn. 

You'll be served crafty Afro-Latin cocktails and delicious food. You will be surrounded by vendors in the African/Latino arts & crafts market in our outdoor space. You will make friends and community connections. This event promises to show you so much more about the music, flavors and people of African-descent from Latin America...Afro-Latinos.

You can also attend the AfrolatinTalks Conference and Liberación Film Festival. These events will connect you with the realities and possible solutions to the issues that affect, unite and divide our communities.

The weekend pass includes:

  • Day 1 AfrolatinTalks Conference & Liberación Film Festival
  • Day 2  Concert Series & Outdoor Market

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Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2015
Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2015

 Why does the Festival need a Kickstarter campaign? Two words: Its expensive!!

As we enter our 5th year anniversary we will need the support of the community. There are a lot of expenses associated with putting on the Festival: artist fees, production costs, staff, promotions, venue fees, insurance, security and so much more. All of these fees require upfront deposits. Aside from the processing fees paid to Kickstarter, all of the funds from the Festival will go towards these expenses.

Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2016
Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2016

 

Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2016
Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2016

You were already gonna buy a ticket, all we ask is that you make the pledge now and buy early.

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  • Remember Kickstarter is all or nothing! This Festival is one of a kind! 
  • Buy your ticket now and help make this year a reality! Get others to pledge and help make this year special! 

Each ticket you buy now allows us to make preparations that much earlier and produce the best experience you will have this summer!! Over the last four years we've shown the world we can do great things. Just check out our 2016 video one more time and these photos! Don't miss out on the best prices you will see for this one of a kind grassroots festival

Check out our 2017 Lineup: All these artists are very supportive of the campaign and have agreed to perform if we can make and pass our goal!! 

Lineup 2017
Lineup 2017

 JUST ADDED - THE HONORABLE SUSANA BACA Ex Minister of Culture, Peru and 2X Latin Grammy Winner 

 

Milly Quezada, Alison Hinds, Johnny Osbourne, Amara La Negra, Zuzuka Poderosa, Calma Carmona DJ Bembona, Tygapaw, Calma Carmona, Carolina Camacho, Melvis Santa & Ashedi, Zena Carlota, Black Heart Intl Soundsystem, Strings N Skins. Hosts: DJ Big Nito, Zahira Kelly

Art: Zahira Kelly

Dance: AfroZumba, Huracan Dance Company

Spoken Word by Monica Carrillo aka Oru Peru and Shirley Campbell Barr

Food: Ill Cook Like Your Mother by Santana Caress Benitez Food Network CHOPPED winner

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2017 PROGRAM 

(Subject to Change)

DAY 1 -July 7, 2017

HARLEM, NY SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037

AFROLATINTALKS SYMPOSIUM Co-curated with Smithsonian NHAAMC, Conrazon, Nyasha Laing, Larnies Bowen & Ayanna Legros

PANELS & KEYNOTE LUNCH: 

  • AFRODESCENDANT WOMEN & CULTURAL HERITAGE PRESERVATION 
  •  COMMUNITY ECONOMICS & WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP 
  • CLIMATE CHANGE, LAND RIGHTS & URBAN/RURAL DISPLACEMENT DIGITAL & IRL ACTIVISM: BLACK LIVES MATTER IN LATIN AMERICA (PART 3) 
  • DIASPORA, SPIRITUALITY & THE SACRED

LIBERACION FILM FESTIVAL

  • AFROTRIP: BRAZIL
  •  SOMBRA DI KOLÓ ('THE SHADOW OF COLOR') (CURACAO)
  •  HIJOS DEL DESTIERRO ('SONS OF EXILE')‎ (HONDURAS) 
  • DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS (HAITI/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)

Awards and Gala (Details Coming Soon)

DAY 2 -July 8, 2017

BROOKLYN, NY BED-STUY RESTORATION PLAZA 1368 Fulton St Brooklyn, NY 11216

OUTDOOR CONCERT-LIVE MURALS - FOOD TRUCKS - ART INSTALLATIONS - DOMINOS TOURNAMENT- CHILDREN'S STORYTELLING & MORE

Afterparty (Details Coming Soon) 

We have partnered with several key cultural institutions to bring this 5th Anniversary to life including the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza and the Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)

 We have a great selection of rewards for everyone from those who cant attend but simply want to show love to a cultural movement to those who want to attend all the events over the entire Afrolatino Fest Weekend. In the coming weeks we will also be adding rewards so check back often!

2016 Commemorative T-Shirt Designed by Peralta Project
2016 Commemorative T-Shirt Designed by Peralta Project

 We also plan on transforming Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza for one day. This is an intimate Festival where everyone enjoys each others company. We will add a picnic/lounge area, custom bars and more. 

A BIT OF HISTORY (2013-Present)

2013: This first Afro-Latino Festival NYC  was held on June 29, 2013 on a street corner in Brooklyn and was welcomed as a much needed event in the community. With the support of community organizations, local advocates, educators, and entreprenuers the Festival was a success. Over the last few years we have grown and iterated, trying new activities, configurations of the festival and styles of presentation.

 

 

2014: We participated in the UN My World Campaign encouraging local community participation in the global conversation around sustainable development See: https://sdgactioncampaign.org/2014/08/04/the-afrolatin-project-announces-regional-partnership-with-un-myworld-2015-campaign/ 

 2015: We celebrated the launch of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) by expanding the Festival to a full weekend. This included an awards ceremony honoring the work of Afrolatinos from the fields of politics, media literature, journalism and cultural preservation such as NYS Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, CCCADI Founder Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, NY Times Bureau Chief, Randal Archibold, author and PEN Award recipient Willie Perdomo and journalist Janel Martinez. We also welcomed Manhattan Boro President Gale Brewer and the Honorable Yvette Clarke (US House of Reps D9-NY). 

 We helped draft and presented a Proclamation of Solidarity from the NYS Assembly Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus with the UN International Decade and its principles of justice, recognition and development. The Proclamation presents a non-exhaustive framework which can be built upon or adapted during this reinvigorated period of Afrolatin/Afrodescendant conciousness. We invite you to read the Proclamation here: http://afrolatinoproject.org/2015/09/16/nys-legislative-caucus-adopt-statement-of-solidarity-with-the-un-international-decade-for-people-of-african-descent/

2016: We moved day 1 to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. They graciously hosted our expansion of the Afrolatin Talks Symposium to a full day of panel discussions on issues of interest and concern to the Afrolatinx community in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. We also expanded our music offerings to two days with nearly 30 artists and two days of outdoor concerts. In addition we presented awards to Aysha Schomburg, great granddaughter of the legenary Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, Ariana Curtis, Latino Curator at the Smithsonian NHAAMC, Grammy winning pianist Danilo Perez and Moiso Medrano, Director of Populations, Republic of Colombia.

Afrolatin Talks Symposium and Awards 2016
Afrolatin Talks Symposium and Awards 2016

 

 

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Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2015
Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2015

 

Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2015
Afro-Latino Fest NYC 2015

 

 

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