We are looking to reconnect those who participated in Festac '77 to tell there stories of this important event in Diasporic Arts and Culture.
If you participated share your experiences, photo's or other materials with this group. We will be working towards an event inviting the group to gather in NYC this October, 2013
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As a result of the experiences that Africa had gone through, it became a matter of necessity for Africans, Africans in Diaspora and People of African origin to come together and rediscover their roots as well as establish ties with Motherland Africa. Festac 77 became a means to this desire.
Festac 77 was the second Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture.
At that time in Black and African history there was nothing more appropriate than a re-discovery of those cultural and spiritual ties which bind together all Black and African people the world over. As it was necessary then, so it is now, even though it will be quite difficult to organize an event of such magnitude we can relive the experience .
The festival provided an unusual forum that brought to light the diverse contributions of Blacks and African peoples to the universal currents of thought and arts. It also provided an opportunity for recounting the achievements of our ancestors, contemporaries and their invaluable contributions to the enrichment of world thought and ideas.
More than anything the festival helped in debunking erroneous ideas and beliefs regarding the cultural and spiritual values of the Black and African race. It also made people aware that our culture were not only pre-historic objects placed in museums to be cleaned and displayed occasionally but also to it them as a living thing containing and portraying the values and believes of our people.
My late husband Ellsworth Ausby, was one of the artists that participated in Festac 77, this was the highlight of his career. After Festac 77 was over he was invited back to Africa and had a one…Continue