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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.

Unity + Legacy = Healing

Celebration: Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 12 pm
Leimert Park People's Street

The World Stage - Honoring Noni Olabisi

Banner by Man One

S.H.I.N.E Muwasi

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Leimert Park Jazz Festival and Sutro Avenue Block Club - Honoring Derf Reklaw

Banner by Wendell Wiggins

Leimert Park Jaz Festival

Sutro Block Block Club

Dwight Trible and Trio

Leimert Park Merchants Association - Honoring Barbara Morrison

Banner by Kayla Shelton

The Harmony Project Drumline

Malia Pinkard

Timothy Morganfield

Sylvia Boyd and Trio

Black Women for Wellness - Honoring Veronica Mayes Johnson, Loretta Jones, and Lark Galloway-Gilliam

Banner by Raycasso

Lula Washington Dance Theatre - Children's Jazz Dance Ensemble

ECWA - Honoring James F. Jones Jr. 

Banner by Wendell Wiggins

New Orleans Brass Band

Torre Brannon Reese

Everything with Soul

Sankofa Leaders

Aisha Cooper, Marquell Eason, Nichole Jones, Jenny Lopes, Kimoni Z. Oliver, Tyler Denise, Amara Ceriah McDuffie, Jade Isaac Newsome, Zaire Pitamba Thurston, Denise Courseault, Naomi Rush, Clearance McDuffie III, Azza Spivey, Noah Rush, Renee Wiggins, Senseni Makat, Nalını Sadler, Rodrigo G. Pineda, Indeya Eubank, Kennady Bob, Daniel Rush, Miracle Varnado

Blessing and Libations

Imodoye Shabazz

Featured Artists

Malik Sow

Kehinde

DAANSEKOU and Daunté "KINGTAE" Fyall

Leadership Circle

Ranika Adagio

Ben Caldwell

Rene Fisher-Mims 

Tasha Hunter 

Karen Mack

Toran X. Moore

Pastor Kelvin Sauls

Project Team 

Tamica Washington-Miller, Event Director

Joyce Maddox, Event/Production Manager

Shani Hogan, Production Coordinator

Melanesia Hunter, Leimert Park Cultural Organizer

Imani Fullwilder, Leimert Park Cultural Organizer

Join us to experience an active connection with cultures rooted in Africa, through drumming, dancing, chanting, mask making, food and healing arts and, to find the sense of wholeness and well-being we are all seeking after two years in a global pandemic. 

 

Be affirmed and find community as we come together to honor those who have passed on with art and performances that reflect their spirit and cement their legacy as ongoing guides for positive living.  

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Body, Mind, Spirit Saturdays 
Prepare yourself to connect with the Ancestors
Every Saturday from May 14 - June 25, 2022

Crenshaw Walks

Dr. Randal Henry

Leimert Park People's Street

8:30 am

Join your neighbors and Dr. Randal Henry from Community Intelligence for a walk around Leimert Park. Meet at 4315 Leimert Blvd at 8:30 am OR at Leimert Park People's Plaza at 9am. 

Dr. Randal Henry is the Founder and Chief of Community Intelligence, which is dedicated to delivering  consultant services that help organizations achieve their goals. 

Wellness Workshops

Leimert Park People's Street

10:30 am

Connect with your Body, Mind, and Spirit in a variety of workshops including yoga, meditation, breath work and more diaspora approaches to healing. Various presenters include Akua Danielle, Britt Blackwell, and Anbiya Smith. 

 

May 14: Sound Meditation with Britt Blackwell

May 21: Yoga with Chelsea Gabrielle and Crenshaw Yoga and Dance

May 28: Meditation with Anbiya Smith

June 4: Breath Work with Akua Danielle

June 11: Ayurveda and Mind-Body Connection through Nature with Dr.                   Kadiatou Sibi

June 18: African Adornment with Elzariyah G. 

West African Dance

Daunté "KINGTAE" Fyall and DAANSEKOU

Leimert Park People's Street

11:00 am

Join Daunté "KINGTAE" Fyall in an African Dance workshop where you learn and experience the healing powers and cultural wisdom intrinsic in African Dance. 

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Daunté "KINGTAE" Fyall and DAANSEKOU (dahn-say-kou) Cultural Arts Collective of Los Angeles work closely with inner city youth while also maintaining corporate private and individual group sessions. They promote the development of Ancestral knowledge through love, tradition, family, community, unity, and movement. With an affinity for cultural education, DAANSEKOU is on a quest to empower others to discover a great self awareness through light, love, and positive energy. 

Ancestor Mask Making

Rankia Adachi and Maria Elena Cruz

Leimert Park People's Street

12:00 pm

Make masks and headpieces that are infused with culturally relevant stories from the past, reflections​ from the present, and visions of the future. Maria Elena Cruz and Ranika Adachi lead this journey to imagine and create art that will be featured in the annual day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks at the Leimert Park Art Walk. 

African Drumming with Mama Nene

Rene Fisher-Mims

The World Stage

2:00 pm

Join Mama Nene, or Rene Fisher-Mims, for African Drumming at the famed World Stage. 

Mama Nene is one of the lead artist organizers of the Festival of Masks. She is a dancer, vocalist, hair stylist, master percussionist and founder of the women's drum circle S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi (Sister's Healing, Inspiring, Nurturing, and Empowering in the Hands of God). Mama Nene teaches drum workshops every Thursday evening at The World Stage in Leimert Park Village. 

12 Years of Festivals

Thank you to our partners who make the 2022 Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks possible

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Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is supported by our funders and donors

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