The Most Honorable Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, 4 April 1939 to 23 January 2018

  Hugh Masekela, a South African trumpeter, singer and activist whose music became symbolic of the country’s anti-apartheid movement, even as he spent three decades in exile, died on Tuesday in Johannesburg. He was 78. His death was confirmed by Dreamcatcher, a communications agency that represented him. Mr. Masekela came to the forefront of his…

Festival History

The International African Arts Festival began in 1971 as the African Street Carnival, a PTA’s block party fundraiser for an independent school in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn with local entertainers, about 20 arts and crafts vendors, along with food prepared by the parents. Almost 2,000 people came to the event and it was a…

Our Sponsors and Community Partnerships

Sponsors & Community Partners We work with a number of select individuals, organizations, and groups to produce and promote this week-long event. We would like to give special acknowledgment to those media partners, community partners, and sponsors who assist us in fulfilling our mission. Previous Media Partners IAAFestival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is…

Volunteer with the Festival Staff

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.   – Arthur Ashe If you are looking to volunteer and donate your time, then we invite you to direct your skills and talents to IAAFestival, a 501c3…

Festival Lodging

Lodging The International African Arts Festival (IAAF), in partnership with Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (LIU), offers housing for those who wish to attend The Festival. Out of town guests, tourists, vendors, and seasonal staff are welcome to stay at the near-by LIU campus dormitory, located just blocks away from The Festival grounds in downtown…