This anticipated annual cultural event started in the year 1971 as the African Street Carnival on Claver Place as a Parent Teacher fundraiser ceremony for the Freedom Now school in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. It has now grown into the International African Arts Festivals and plays host to local and international entertainers, performers and craft vendors.
The International African Arts Festival (IAAF) has been part of the Brooklyn’s cultural landscape for 40 years. Each year a committed team of Board members, consultants, part-time seasonal staff and volunteers, work together to transform a city park into an outdoor African cultural oasis that celebrates traditional and contemporary expression of various African cultural art forms. The International African festival Integrates and Celebrates the beauty of Africa and plays host to over 75,000 guests from all over the United States and the world every year.
The Annual Festival is open to kids and adults, Local and International Artists and performers such as musicians, drummers, poets, fashion designers, and carvers. This event creates a balance for everyone to showcase their talents and Crafts and to also enjoy the scenery of the festival which is most times colorful and vibrant. Visitors and Attendees have access to varieties of foods. Classes are also organized for Art Enthusiasts at affordable rates.
The team members comprising of Board members, part-time workers and Volunteers do a great job each year by turning the park into an environment where contemporary and traditional expressions of the African race is displayed. It has been around for 45 years adding to the landscape of the Brooklyn Cultural community as a world-class event.
The Organization with the ‘family friendly ‘motto enjoins people to give what they can to enable this festival to thrive and continue in its dedication to promoting African Arts, Family, and Culture.
IAAF 2014 - Gallery Photos By Tyrone Z. McCants