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Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest will take place on July 14-16, 2023 at the Armory Food & Event Hall, Mural Amphitheatre, and Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. The festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series.
Seattle Center Festál is a year-round series of 24 free cultural festivals, produced in partnership with community organizations. In 2022, Festál celebrated 25 years of stories and traditions, ushering in a new era of hybrid programming. Learn more about Festál and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.
In the meantime, view the 2022 highlights below.
Seattle Center Festál presents Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest in partnership with Sundiata African American Cultural Association (SAACA). The festival focuses on intergenerational activities and promotion of traditional and contemporary African American heritage, showcasing local entertainment, photography, food merchants, historical exhibits, and more!
Festival Sundiata (pronounced: Soon-jah-tah), is the longest running African American festival celebrated in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle, holding its first festival in 1980. The festival is named in honor of the Sundiata Keita, the historic and legendary Mansa (King of Kings) of the Mali Empire in West Africa. King Sundiata rescued his people’s griot and created one of the most significant cultural and economic kingdoms in Africa.