Charleston’s Fall Arts Season has begun .. First up … MOJA Arts Festival 2014 … “what I hope to attends”

I took the time to compile a one stop list.. as well as highlight some of my hope-to-attends

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The word “moja” translates to the word “one” in Swahili. No term is more fitting for the MOJA Festival, going on its 31st year this fall, which focuses on celebrating African and Caribbean Arts, along with the harmony that connects us all within our community.

Presented by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, this 10-day festival features a variety of Caribbean and African-American artists whose contributions have helped shape western culture, as well the cultures of the rest of the world.

Events held during the festival range from visual and performing arts such as jazz and dance, to theatre and storytelling. There will also be special events for children, along with ethnic food and traditional craft activities.

Many of MOJA’s events are free and open to the public, and the remaining ticketed options are always affordable. An especially exciting event at this year’s festival features 83-year-old modern dance pioneer Carmen de Lavallade, who will be presenting her solo performance memoir, “As I Remember It.”
words: Daniela Weinapple ^^^^^^^^^^












Some of the EVENTS Im trying to make listed below…

MOJA Festival Parade

THURSDAY, September 25

This traditional CHILDREN FROM ALL OVER Street parade will be the kick-off event of the Festival! 6 pm – 7pm
Marion Square up King to Market.. left on Market top Customs House East Bay!!

FRIDAY, September 26 Evening, Downtown Charleston

MOJA Reggae Block Dance Osei Terry Chandler Cheo Chandler
This event features live reggae bands The Dubplates, African dancers WoSe of Charleston, ethnic foods, and international crafts at Brittlebank Park.

SATURDAY September 27

Heritage Day
Celebrate traditional Caribbean and African American culture with local and regional performers in Marion Square. Deninufay African Dance & Drum Production

Jazz Under the Stars
Head to Family Circle Stadium on Daniel Island for a night of jazz under the stars.

7pm Deninufay Drum & Dance Co. Kids Festival!!! Mt. Moriah Family Life Center 7396 Rivers Tix $5 and $10 Call Charlene Green-Horlback 843 437 5586 .. inbox Nina Ross

SUNDAY Sept 28

Artist Lecture: Sunday, September 28 at 3:00pm
Exhibition: September 6 through October 5, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

Concurrent with the 2014 MOJA Arts Festival, City Gallery at Waterfront Park presents an exhibition of paintings, fabric art, and drawings by local African-American artists who examine their own artistic practices and personal collections through the lens of cultural identity. Curated by Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, featured artists include James Denmark, @Hampton R. Olfus, Jr., Winston Kennedy, Addelle Sanders, and Arianne King-Comer.

According to exhibition artist Winston Kennedy, “In a visual sense, some of [the exhibition artists] integrate the traditional African visual signs, symbols and images and others are able to weave formal issues of modernism of art creativity into the universal statements in our production of Western modernism. Therefore, our creative works range from: abstract to figurative abstraction; from realism to photorealism; from conceptual to other discrete modes of time and performance art. We reflect and reclaim an internal cultural gumbo – our studio production stretches across many modalities.”

Curator Dr. Ade Ofunniyin adds, “While the artworks featured in the Convergence and Reclamation exhibition does not have as their aim the undoing of representations written and/or painted by twentieth century low country artists, they intend to convey imagery connected to a transatlantic reclamation of Africa as source for renewal, inspiration and creative influences that can be utilized to propel, sustain, and add new meaning and/or significant cultural nuances to the visual imageries guiding our understanding of each other and the world, making life more meaningful for us all. The exhibit promises to cool and refresh the piece of earth that we tread upon and call Charleston.”

Gospel Concert: “A Sea Island Gospel Explosion”

Sunday, September 28 at 4:00pm
Trinity United Methodist Church, 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11
Coordinator: Theresa J. Hilliard

Uplifting, soul stirring, gospel singing from some of Charleston’s surrounding islands. “A Sea Island Gospel Explosion” featuring The Male Chorus of Greater St. John AME Church, Allen AME Church Men’s Choir, New First Missionary Baptist Church Men’s Choir, and Annivesta Missionary Baptist Church Male Choir.

Reverend Randolph Miller will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

THURSDAY October 2 at 7:00pm

Produced by: Elder Carlie Towne Productions

Scott’s Grand Reception & Corporate Center / Dinner Theatre
5060 Dorchester Road, Suite 320 North Charleston, SC
Admission: $16 General; $5 Children under 12
Coordinator: Carlie Towne

The stage is set for an evening of thought provoking, moving, fun loving, soul stirring and dramatic community reality theater.

“Gullah/Geechee Conversation Jes Wana Testify” takes you into the mind of Truth Pringle a Gullah/Geechee woman who lives in Union Height an underserved community that is also called the Neck area of Charleston. Truth is in search of her true authentic self. She decides to go into the wilderness and try to find a peace of mind. She starts to imagine, feel and hear the conversations of her ancestor from Belmount plantation of which the Neck area was once called. Truth finds soul stirring conversation about the journey of life in a family eatery called the “Fruit of the Spirit Restaurant.” The ingredients found will teach life lessons through the fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control.

FRIDAY Oct 3rd Carmen De Lavallade : As I Remember It
Friday, October 3 from 7:30pm-8:30pm Dock Street Theatre 135 Church Street
Admission: $20 General Admission


Poetry – Storytelling – Open Mic
Saturday, October 4 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free
Coordinator: Warachal E. Faision, M.D.

Regional and local poets and writers are invited to perform. Please join us to listen to some wonderful poets and feel free to make your way up to the mic and let us her your talent.

MOJA Boxing – Sponsored by Charleston Boxing Club

Saturday, October 4 from 7:00-10:00pm (weigh-in at 4:00pm for participants)
Arthur W. Christopher Community Center, Hagood & Fishburne Streets
Admission: $10 General; $5 Youth; Free for Children under 8 ; tickets available at the door only
Coordinators: Al Meggett, Al “Hollywood” Meggett and Osei Terry Chandler

This yearly event is sanctioned by U. S. A. Boxing. It highlights some of the region’s best up and coming talents. Come enjoy an evening of different weight classes boxing in the ring.

SUNDAY, October 5

MOJA Finale
MOJA will close on a high note with a great lineup of performances at Hampton Park.
Event Information from September 25 – October 5, 2014
| Ticket prices and venue locations vary10590699_860050630680498_6223908232172890607_n


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