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The 13th Annual Juneteenth NY Festival 2022

Jun 17 Through Jun 19 | Fri |
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The 13th Annual Juneteenth NY Festival - one of New York’s biggest and longest-running annual events commemorating America’s newest federal holiday – returns for a three-day celebration, kicking off virtually on Friday, June 17th and then for in-person gatherings in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th. The Juneteenth NY Festival was created in an effort to advance the economic and cultural arts in underserved communities and in support of small, Black-owned businesses. With this year’s theme spotlighting “Unity in the Black Family Unit,” the weekend will feature the best in Black culture and will include an array of live performances, exhibitions, authentic local cuisine, wellness and other family fun activities.

On Friday (June 17), the Festival launches with a day of virtual offerings including a series of panel discussions centered around building up health and wealth within the Black family and in the Black community. Panels will be led by Sun River Health, LiveOn New York, NY State of Health, the Lupus Research Alliance and other advocates, organizations and agencies in the field. Those attending virtually will also have access to a virtual photobooth, online vendors and special giveaways throughout the weekend. Attendees can register for the virtual portion of the festival at Juneteenthny.com.

The celebration continues live and in-person on Saturday (June 18) at Linden Park/Gershwin Park with Community Day featuring performances from local talent, a wide range of vendors and a Festival Food Market hosting a diverse selection of local, Black-owned restaurants. The Brooklyn Nets and the New York Liberty will also be on hand to host a basketball clinic including a throw contest and drills for children aged 6-17. The weekend will culminate on Sunday (June 19) with a fashion exhibition highlighting today’s hottest emerging Black designers and special guest musical performances from award-winning hit singer-songwriter and founding member of R&B duo Zhane, Renée Neufville and more.

This year’s Festival will also see the introduction of another special new component with Libation & Liberation: The Quilt Project, a multi-city community-based initiative channeling the cultural legacy of Black American textile-making. Exploring the concept of embracing grief through traditional ritual, participants will be encouraged to design a block in memory of loved ones lost to COVID-19. Each stitch will serve as a “Libation” and a guide towards a future where victims of COVID-19 are tightly bound to our collective freedom.

Curated by Catherine Mbali Consulting, the project aims to cement the Juneteenth holiday as an opportunity for creative expressions of grief and mourning as well as community co-creation and storytelling. The blocks will be constructed by partners at the Brooklyn Quilters Guild and the completed quilt will be unveiled at Prospect Park on the final day of the Festival.

The 13th Annual Juneteenth NY will be held (rain or shine). Registration is encouraged. To learn more about the 13th Annual Juneteenth NY Festival, please visit: Juneteenthny.com.

Venue: Linden Park/Gershwin Park and Prospect Park

Linden Blvd. & Vermont St Map
917--38-8-7444