Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



MOJA Festival celebrates 30 Years

Posted 9/20/2013 11:16:00 AM

MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts, is slated to begin Sept. 26 and run through Oct. 6 in Charleston for its 30th year. The festival name, “MOJA,” is a Swahili word that means “One.” The name was chosen because the event celebrates “harmony amongst all people in our community.” Each year the festival highlights the African-American and Caribbean contributions that have become rich ingredients in the formulas that make up western and world cultures.

The festival will kick off 10 days of celebration with a Caribbean street parade and opening ceremonies showcasing various community organizations, bands, and youth groups from area schools. From there, the community will celebrate with events throughout the next week-and-a-half. Just a few to look forward to are the Reggae Block Dance featuring New Kingston, a concert at Joe Riley Stadium with Anthony Hamilton, a reading with author and journalist Tina McElroy Ansa, and a performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Nearly half of MOJA’s events are free, with the remainder offered at prices ranging from $5 – $35. The multi-disciplinary arts festival is produced and directed by the city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy.

For more information about the 30th MOJA Arts Festival, please visit the event website at