MoCADA’s Soul of Brooklyn Festival is back for another exciting week of live music, wellness workshops, performances, film screenings and great shopping! Centering African diasporan arts and culture, the fest highlights the creatives and black businesses that make our borough ‘the planet’.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
Soul of BK Festival Opening Day
@ Herbert Von King Park, Lafayette Ave.
Meet us in the park for a day full of celebrating Blackness, shopping local DIY vendors, live jazz on the lawn, art making for all ages, healing services, and good vibes.
On the Lawn
1-6pm: Shop the DIY Fest. A curated marketplace that highlights the diverse cross sections of artisans of color interested in exchanging handmade goods, ideas, food, and skills in the local Brooklyn community.
1-6pm: Visit Harriet’s Apothecary for their first outdoor healing event at SoBK Opening Day! Harriet’s Apothecary is an intergenerational, healing village led by the brilliance and wisdom of Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists and ancestors.
1-4pm: Jazz on the Lawn. Enjoy live music by Brooklyn’s own The Jeff King Band.
1-4pm: Learn, create, craft, and play at MoCADA’s Art Making Workshops! Look for the tents with the red flags. Details TBA. Activities suited for children and adults.
In the Amphitheater
4-8pm: This year’s concert will feature Bilal, with special guests performances by NoName Gypsy, Tunde Olaniran, Nappy Nina and the Sons, and jams by DJ NativeSUN. The evening will be hosted by, Angel Nafis, poet and author of Black Girl Mansion.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
Self-Care Sundays | Yoke: Yoga + Music Pop-Up
@ For My Sweet, 1103 Fulton St.
MONDAY, AUGUST 17
@ The Kymberle Project, 1332 Atlantic Ave.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
Harriet’s Apothecary Freedom School
@ Black Women’s Blueprint, 279 Empire Blvd.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
Black Radical Imagination | Film Screening
@ 739 Franklin Ave.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
MoCADA Makers TRUNK SHOW
@ MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
The 16th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy!
@ Fulton Park, Chauncey St.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
Catch the Wave | Closing Party
@ Vodou Bar, 95 Halsey St.
11PM-4AM | 21+
ABOUT SOUL OF BROOKLYN
MoCADA’s Soul of Brooklyn initiative is dedicated to branding the borough as a destination for a unique African Diaspora experience. Each year, programming consists of a series of Block Parties throughout the borough, and the now highly anticipated Soul of Brooklyn Week summer festival. By transforming local businesses and public spaces into destinations for groundbreaking art and music, the initiative increases the visibility and economic sustainability of African Diaspora culture and businesses in the borough. Neighborhoods in Brooklyn are gentrifying rapidly, and as a result, many long-time residents, locally owned shops, and arts organizations are being displaced. The heart of the mission of the Soul of Brooklyn is to preserve, celebrate and inspire in the midst of these changes. MoCADA’s annual series brings art activations in the form of concerts, film screenings, workshops and visual art directly into local owned businesses and public spaces, creating new sites for artistic engagement. The series has featured some of today’s most groundbreaking artists, including Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Blitz the Ambassador, Pegasus Warning, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and many more.