2015 Go Africa Harlem Street Festival

Date: July 18th, 2015

Location: 116th Street between 7th Ave. and 8th Ave, Harlem, New York City

In recognition and acknowledgment of the significant presence of African and African-centric merchants along the corridor of 116th street in Harlem, New York city, the Go Africa Network Inc. (a 501(C)(3) non-profit focusing on Development, Education and trade initiatives for Africa) is having a 1 day street festival within the boundaries of Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Avenue)  and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (8th Avenue) on 116 street on July 18th, 2015 between the hours of 10am – 6pm.

Parameters and Scope

The Street Festival will  provide local and regional merchants that have African centric goods and services allotted space on 116th street from the curb in allotted parameters as prescribed by the City of New York for this event. Preference has been given to African Merchants for space during the event on a first come, first served basis. All merchants, vendors, and services entities would be required to be licensed and have valid permits by the applicable agencies in the City of New York for selling, promotion, solicitation, and delivery of their particular goods and services.

The merchants and vendors are categorized as follows:

  • Dance, Music and African Art (1 main Pavilion)
  • Food and Beverages
  • Clothing and Apparel
  • Health and Wellness Services (Medical, health, Mental, testing services)
  • Financial services (Banking, insurance, etc.)
  • City agency services (Immigration, housing, social services).

Event Location, Time, and Duration

The street festival will take within the boundaries of Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) on 116 street on July 18thin the year 2015 between the hours of 10am – 6pm.

Benefits

The Street festival is designed to promote socio-economic development, cultural awareness in the community and throughout the City of New York for the African and Caribbean local and diaspora communities, African-American, and the local community.

Music and related Festivities

The Street festival’s main arts pavilion will be hosted by the incomparable  Sekouba Diakite, Senior Artistic Director, Go Africa Network Inc and his ensemble of Talented African Artists from throughout Africa.

The artists performing are:

  • Coulibaly Alimata
  • Moussa Doumbia
  • N’ Guessan Kouame Emmamuel
  • and others listed below:
  Name Style Performance Time (tentative)
1. Bad Diom Rap 12:00 – 12:25
2. Mister Shake Ballack 12:30 – 12:55
3. Oxy-more Rap 1:00 – 1:25
4. Baol Site Hip-hop 1:30 – 1:55
5. Chi Gbo music Folk 2:00 – 2:10
6. Ka Mile Berber Berber fusion music from Aligire 2:15 – 3:10
7. JB Jomion and the Uklos Band Folk from Benin 3:15 – 4:10
8. Sekouba Bolomba Africa foot reggae 4:15 – 5:00

Supporters & Sponsors

We are proud and honored for the Go Africa Street Festival 2015 to be supported by the following individuals groups and organizations:

  • The Consulate General of Senegal
  • Association Nationale Des Senegalais D Amerique Inc.
  • The office of Manhattan Borough President
  • Manhattan Community Board 10
  • The Delegate General of Cote d’Ivoire
  • Ambassador of Guinea,  & the Consulate General Guinea
  • The office of Bronx Borough President
  • The Honorable Imam Souleimane Konate of Masjid Aqsa Mosque
  • Honorable W. Franc Perry, Judge of Civil Court of the City of New York;
  •  New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat
  • Manhattan Borough President’s immigrant task force
  •  The African Advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President
  •  The Honorable Professor Michael John Downie, Chairman, Arts & Culture Committee, Manhattan Community Board 10
  • The Honorable Assemblyman Keith Wright  – Assembly District 70
  • Honorable Assemblyman Michael Blake – Assembly District 79
  • Honorable Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner – Assembly District 77
  • Halstead Property

Grand Marshall & Master of Ceremonies

We are proud and honored for the Go Africa Street Festival 20015 to announce the Following:

  • The Honorable Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President will serve as the Grand Marshall for this marque event
  • The distinguished Mr. Musa Jackson, we serve at the Master of Ceremonies

Special Honorees from the Community

We are proud recognize and Honor the following individuals during the street Festival for their distinguished years of service to the African and African-American community throughout the years:

  • The Honorable Imam Souleimane Konate of The Masjid Aqsa Mosque
  • The Honorable Dr. Michael A. Walrond Jr. Senior Pastor, First Corinthian Baptist Church
  • The Honorable Henrietta Lyle, Chairperson of Manhattan Community Board 10
  • The Honorable Rassoul Fall,  Senior Director, Senegalese consulate General
  • The Honorable Assemblyman Keith Wright  – Assembly District 70
  • The Honorable Assemblyman Michael Blake – Assembly District 79
  • The Honorable Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner – Assembly District 77
  • Mr. Serigne M. Ndiaye

Contact information

Visit GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.

CONTACT: please register at http://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2015-street-festival-on-july-18th-2015/

Click here to sign-up  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001

In addition, there will be visual opportunities for Media groups (Print, Radio, and TV). Please send any special media requests toMedia@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

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