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Partake in the Black Arts Festival

With an aim to mix education with entertainment, the Black Arts Festival will combine music, dance and theater in a four-day celebration of black artists and performers.

The festival, to be presented July 13–16 by the Black Arts Cultural Center, will feature national and local artists and performers and activities that reflect the festival’s theme of “Unity Through Culture.”

The festival schedule includes:

  • Youth Day, with programs for ages 7–17, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. July 13, Bible Baptist Church, 1700 N. Drake Road.
  • Productions of In The Blood by Face Off Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. July 13 and 14, Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall.
  • Unity Through Culture Weekend, with live entertainment, vendors and food, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. July 15 and 16, La Crone Park, 535 W. Paterson St.
  • Summer Black Party, a block party for ages 21 and up, featuring DJ/Emcee Conscious, 9 p.m. July 15–1:30 a.m. July 16 at Rootead, 1501 Fulford St.

For a full schedule, ticket prices and more information, visit blackartskalamazoo.org
or call 349-1035.