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.

Thiosanne: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Catch up on the virtual 2021 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks as we explore Thiosanne, the Senegalese way of taking cues from the past to live well in the present. 

Create Senegalese masks in workshops, join Diaspora Dialogue conversations with world renowned master drummers, and connect with neighbors and artists in the festival celebration! 

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11 Years of Festivals