DAY OF THE ANCESTORS:

FESTIVAL OF MASKS

Leimert Park’s Day of the Ancestors: Festival of the Mask (FOM) is an annual celebration of our ancestors and an invocation for the South Central LA community. Founded in 2010 by artists Najite Agindotan, Rene Fisher-Mims, and Ben Caldwell in collaboration with LACommons, FOM 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. 

 

Join us this summer as Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks goes online to celebrate the rich traditions of the African Diaspora and connect you with Black creatives from across the globe.  

MORE EVENTS: 

A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION OF BLACK JOY:

10th Annual Day of the Ancestors Festival of Masks
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Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 2:00 PT

via Zoom & Facebook Live

The event is free and open to all.   We welcome your donation to support us in uplifting Black creative expression.


This is the 10th year of Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks direct from Leimert Park, Los Angeles' African American cultural hub!  Join us in an incredible celebration of 10 years  honoring ancestors and uplifting the amazing artists that define our neighborhood and an international contingent of creators from across the African diaspora.
 

A once in a lifetime experience, come learn about and witness people of African descent coming together to connect with ancient wisdom and to showcase the power of black joy. The program has never been more important as an unapologetic display of Blackness that spotlights the creativity of artists from Leimert Park and around the world in a virtual expression of hope, solidarity and insight.
 

Highlights:


WORLD PREMIERE - 8:46, Dance of the Queen Mothers by local elder and internationally renowned choreographer Nzingha Camara


Ritual for Healing performed by SHINE MUWASI


A Virtual Tour of Leimert Park with We Love Leimert


Celebratory Performances from across the Africa diaspora  - Wezi (Zambia), Kuenta (Aruba/Curacao), Adunni (Nigeria), Viviam Caroline (Brazil), Voices of Creation (Leimert Park)

MORE EVENTS: 

DIASPORA DIALOGUES

#1: Brazil - June 28th, 2pm

#2: South Africa - July 12th, 9:30am

#3: Curacao - July 26th, 2pm

#4: Zambia - August 9th, 11am

#5: Nigeria- August 23rd, 11am

SANKOFA LEADERS:

Youth Arts Workshops

 

 

Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00pm

June 18th - August 6th, 2020

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES: Community Arts Workshops 

Saturdays, June 13 - August 8, 2020

 

​10am South African Cultural Arts Live

11am Ancestor Mask Making 

12pm African Diasporic Movement

1pm African Diasporic Rhythm and Song

Photos by David Freeman Photography

Photos by @eonfionn