Day of the Ancestors:
Festival of Masks
Leimert Park's Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is an annual celebration of our ancestors and an invocation for the South Central LA community. Founded in 2010 by artists Najite Agindotan and Ben Caldwell in collaboration with LA Commons, the Festival of Masks is a multicultural, multigenerational, and multimedia arts event that champions the vast identities of the African diaspora.
The festival features a libation ceremony, procession, and a lineup of dance and musical performances. The blessing and libation ceremony are designed to invoke a healing and reflection process in the community. The procession through the streets symbolizes the people's power and capacity to take ownership over their community, address challenges, and create change.
12 Years of Festivals
Thank you to our partners who made the 2023 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks possible
Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is supported by our funders and donors