Go Africa Network Inc. is proud to present the
Go Africa Harlem Street Festival 2017!
Date: July 15th, 2017
Location: ( The Street Festival: 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 Culture & merchants in Harlem, New York City, the Go Africa Network Inc. (a 501(C)(3) non-profit focusing on Development, Culture, Education and trade initiatives for Africa) in conjunction with in conjunction with Go Africa LLC, Go Africa Health, LLC, Go Caribbean Inc, Go Africa News, LLC, Go Africa Capital Inc., & The African Union Expo, LLC. is hosting 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 15th, 2017 between the hours of 10am – 7pm.
This program is supported, in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Check out the videos for the event held on 7/16/2016
Ari Harmony performs at GoAfrica Harlem Festival 2016
Parameters and Scope
The Street festival among other things be a celebration of the city’s African diversity with excellent displays of the unique goods and services provided by African & Caribbean merchants on 116th street and throughout the NYC metro area.
We will also have two pavilions (2) showcasing dance, art, music and dress from various regions throughout Africa and the Caribbean with direct participation from the African community & Cultural groups, consulates and embassies from the city’s five boroughs.
Preference has been given to African Merchants in the city of New York 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 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 15th in the year 2016 between the hours of 10am – 7pm.
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 and the U.S.
DJ Henri will be on the 2nd Stage offering his unique flavor and variety to the festival.
The artists scheduled to be performing are:
- Sekouba Bolomba
- Gle Tchefary
- Afrikan Kartel
- chigbo (Linda Obasi)
- Ashe’ Jam Band
- Noli Spy Ypsilon
- DJ Birane
- DJ Henrieri For many years, DJ. Henri has been spinning an African and Caribbean groove at SOB’s, (le) poisson rouge, City Winery, Symphony Space, Sylvana’s, and other NYC clubs — opening for acts like Salif Keita, Ebenezer Obey, Femi Kuti, Antibalas, Diblo Dibala, Aster Aweke, Tinariwen, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Vieux Farka Toure, and Natacha Atlas. dj.henri’s radio station Radio Africa Online (http://radioafricaonline.com) is the longest-running station playing African and Caribbean music online. His hugely popular Radio Africa Online Mixes are also featured in the iTunes Store and elsewhere, generating 100 Terabytes of traffic annually.https://www.mixcloud.com/dj-henri2/mbaddest-mbalax/
Supporters & Sponsors
We are proud and honored for the Go Africa Street Festival 2016 to be supported by the following individuals groups and organizations:
- Association Nationale Des Senegalais D Amerique Inc.
- The office of Manhattan Borough President
- New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
- U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat
- NYS Governor, Andrew Cuomo
- NYS assembly Speaker, Carl E. Heastie (Honorary Chairman of the Go Africa Harlem 2017 Street Festival)
- The Honorable Assemblywomen Inez Dickens – Assembly District 70 (District where the events will take place)
- 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;
- Manhattan Borough President’s immigrant task force
- The African Advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President
- Honorable Assemblyman Michael Blake – Assembly District 79
- Carver Bank
- CUNY Citizenship Now
Grand Marshall & Honorary Chairman
We are proud and honored for the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival 2017 to announce the Following:
The Honorable Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer will be returning to serve as Grand Marshall for the Street Festival again this year.
We are also pleased to announce that the NYS assembly Speaker, Carl E. Heastie will serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Go Africa Harlem 2017 Street Festival.
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, Caribbean, African & Caribbean Diaspora and African-American communities throughout the years:
- U.S. Congressman, Adriano Espaillat
- NYS assembly Speaker, Carl E. Heastie
- The Honorable Assemblywomen Inez Dickens – – Assembly District 70
- The Honorable Councilman Bill Perkins
Presenting the Go Africa Master Chefs!
We are proud to present the Go Africa Master Chefs for the street festival on 7/15/2017!
The Go Africa Master Chefs will be on 12 grills cooking up African, Caribbean, and American specialties for the duration of the street festival.
There will be no cooking contests, samplings, tastings, etc. Just cooking for your eating pleasure and enjoyment.
Live cooking with start promptly at 10am on 7/15/2017
You can ready your appetite and forks for the following menu items and more on 7/15/2017!
- African Goat
- Jamaican Jerk Goat
- Jerk Pork
- Grilled Chicken
- Jamaican Beef Patties
- Baked Potatoes (White & Sweet)
- Grilled Corn
- Braised & Seared Chicken
- Braised & Seared Pork
- Fried Plantains
- French Fries (White & Sweet)
- Hamburger & Hotdogs
- Chicken Tenders
Some of the food options are considered health choices for the health conscious that will be in attendance.
Visit GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.
CONTACT: please register at http://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2017-street-festival-on-july-15th-2017/
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 to Media@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.