The sixth annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks in Leimert Park Village features a procession and live musical performances at which traditional artists, youth groups, and diverse community members engage in a celebration of the global African village, paying homage to their shared heritage through mask-making and dance. Mask making workshops start at 10am and festivities begin at 1pm.
With the Festival’s theme this year being My Brother’s Keeper, participants will leverage the power of the arts to invoke compassion and inspire us to connect with one another regardless of perceived differences. Previous artists such as S.H.I.N.E Muwasi, Najite & Olokun Prophecy, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Oblinyanko Drum and Dance Ensemble, African Soul International, Wadada Reggae & Funk, and KiT Tradishonal, have all contributed to the Festival where attendees have embraced the idea of cultural connectedness. “Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks provides the community with a great opportunity to come together to make a beautiful and impactful statement,” says Karen Mack, the Executive Director of LA Commons. “This year, the theme “My Brother’s Keeper” recognizes the importance of compassion and solidarity in a time of unprecedented divisiveness.”
The Festival is produced in partnership with the Leimert Park Art Walk in an effort to promote the vibrancy, culture, legacy, and economy of Leimert Park. Following the festival, local businesses are asked to display the Festival’s masks and puppets, extending the public’s opportunity to view these ancient and modern artifacts. Members of the public will have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops in May and June.