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Serena Norr, Marketing Director
Luangisa African Gallery
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CELEBRATE THE PRIDE, CULTURE, AND HISTORY OF AFRICA AT THE WAKANDA4 EVER CELEBRATION
4th Annual celebration is back post-COVID with more events and activations
MOUNT VERNON, NY — After a brief hiatus due to COVID, the Wakanda Celebration, a non-profit organization, is back for its 4th Annual Celebration of African culture. Held on September 4th from 10am-10pm, the outdoor celebration will be welcomed by Luangisa African Gallery Founder, Rose Luangisa, key speakers, stellar artists, musical guests, and much more.
Free tickets are available here and donations will be accepted at the entrance of the celebration to support the event and our non-profit.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a plethora of activities centered around Africa such as enjoy an African fashion show, savor the cuisine of Africa, enjoy music, such as drumming, dancing, community, and incredible shopping — featuring handmade goods made by African artisans.
Rose Luangisa said, “Wakanda Celebration is a time for family, community and culture! Last year was a very challenging time for all of us, and we are excited to offer our event again to the community in Mount Vernon, NY — and beyond! — can come together and experience live entertainment, African fashion and art presented by Luangisa African Gallery, performances by artists and creators, authentic African food, lots of fun, and of course, social distancing. Can’t wait to see you on September 4th!”
Save the date: September 4th (10am to 10 pm) Wakanda4Ever Celebration, Luangisa African Gallery, 374 Hawthorne Terrace, Mt. Vernon, New York. Visit: www.wakandacelebration.org/
Event at a Glance (subject to change):
- Share our history long before slavery.
- Wakanda Fashion Show
- Honoring the life of Chadwick Boseman
- Shopping featuring curated selection from Luangisa African Gallery featuring home decor, African art, hand-woven baskets, fashion, and jewelry
- Extraordinary line up of stellar Artists, Designers and Creators of African descent
- Live African Band Drummers & Dancers
- Children’s Message & Storytelling
- Black Panther Characters
- Crafts for Kids
- African & American Food, and more!
The event will adhere to all social distancing standards and will include the following for guests and staff members:
- Temperature checks upon arrival
- All adults and children wearing masks, based on CDC guidelines
- Social distancing in place for fashion show and vendors
- Limited entry
- Sanitation and cleaning in place
About Our Creative Founder:
Born in Bukoba, Tanzania, Rose Luangisa came to the U.S. in 1987 and earned both a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from IONA College. She got her start at African Family Day at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon (her U.S. hometown) and opened Luangisa African Gallery in 1996. Over the past 25 years, she’s showcased artifacts and other crafts at those fairs, festivals and museum events which are symbolic of Africa’s rich cultural heritage, including: Afropunk, International African Arts Festival and Dance Africa! in Brooklyn; Essence Music Festival in New Orleans; Capital Jazz Fest in Maryland, African Festival of the Arts and Arts and Crafts at the DuSable Museum, both in Chicago, African World Festival in Detroit, Newport Jazz Fest in Rhode Island, the Harlem Fine Arts Festival, the Zora Festival in Florida and many other venues.
For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or how to volunteer, please visit: https://www.wakandacelebration.org/