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FESTAC '77

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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Festac '77

Photo by Marilyn Nance/ 136 Cambridge Place, Brooklyn, NY.  11238, U.S.A. (1978)

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.

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Festac 77

Started by Jamillah Jennings. Last reply by Ferman Brian Lee May 27, 2013. 3 Replies

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

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FESTAC 77

Started by adger cowans May 26, 2013. 0 Replies

I WAS THERE AND IT WAS THE BOMB...NOTHING LIKE BEFORE OR AFTER…Continue

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A fond memory

Started by Sálongo Lee/Sálongo's Art May 26, 2013. 0 Replies

Hello,It was a surprise to see this group. I was living in Miami at the time and working out of the Belafonte Talcolcy Center in Overtown when Woody King and his group arrive to view auditions to…Continue

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Comment by amadou diop on February 6, 2014 at 4:54am

good day i live in Senegal  i promote relation wise artistes and the new culturel center in toubacota  islads of saloun  well com all artistes  thanks  big up to all

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Comment by Jamillah Jennings on August 3, 2013 at 11:16pm
i email you a month ago, what is happening with Festac 77 eausby@aol.com Jamillah
Comment by Yaounde Olu on July 27, 2013 at 3:35am

I participated in Festac 77 as a visual artist; it was one of the highlights of my life!

Comment by Ferman Brian Lee on June 18, 2013 at 7:25pm

My Man Roy Lewis, the brother that informed of Festac. My friend for Life!

Comment by Ferman Brian Lee on June 17, 2013 at 9:56pm


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Comment by Ferman Brian Lee on June 14, 2013 at 2:01pm

Moments after filming President Obasanjo entering the Festival.

Comment by Ferman Brian Lee on June 14, 2013 at 2:00pm

Comment by Ferman Brian Lee on June 11, 2013 at 11:39am

The year after FESTAC '77, I was in Monrovia, Liberia filming President Tolbert and President Jimmy Carter. 

Comment by Ferman Brian Lee on June 11, 2013 at 11:34am

 

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