MoCADA Soul of Brooklyn Festival 2015

MoCADA’s Soul of BK Festival is back for another exciting week of live music, wellness workshops, performances, film screenings and great shopping! Centering African diasporan arts and culture, the fest highlights the creatives and black businesses that make our borough ‘the planet’.


Saturday | August 15
Soul of BK Festival Opening Day
@ Herbert Von King Park, Lafayette Ave.
1-8PM | FREE

Meet us in the park for a day full of celebrating Blackness, shopping local DIY vendors, live jazz on the lawn, art making for all ages, healing services by HARRIET’S APOTHECARY, and good vibes. Concert in the amphitheater, hosted by Angel Nafis with performances by Nappy Nina and the Sons, Tunde Olaniran, Noname Gypsy, and BILAL. Jams by DJ NativeSUN.

Sunday | August 16
Self-Care Sundays | Black Girl in Om
Yoke: Yoga + Music Pop-Up
@ For My Sweet, 1103 Fulton St.
12-3PM | suggested donation

MoCADA’s popular Self-Care Sundays is teaming up with Lauren Ash from Black Girl In Om for an afternoon of vinyasa flow yoga. Featuring "sounds of tomorrow" by Soulection’s DJ Eden Hagos and mats provided by Mimi of Selamta Yoga. The pop-up will also include meaningful dialogue and giveaways. Bring used/new mats to donate to Yoga Foster, a nonprofit which provides yoga programming to elementary school students. For self-identified women of color only. Space will be limited. RSVP:

Monday | August 17
@ The Kymberle Project, 1332 Atlantic Ave.
7:30-9:30PM | suggested donation
21+ to drink

In his new performance DISCOTROPIC (2015), niv Acosta explores the relationship between science fiction, disco, astrophysics, and the black American experience. Acosta’s DISCOTROPIC reconsiders past futures, while claiming a fantastical site of possibility through a cast whose imaginative engagement with science fiction rewrites its dominant narratives. Assembled by Acosta, performers include Monstah Black, Justin Allen, André D. Singleton (aka Brohogany Opulence), and Acosta himself.

Tuesday | August 18
Harriet’s Apothecary Freedom School
@ Black Women’s Blueprint, 279 Empire Blvd.
5-9PM | suggested donation

Through interactive community workshops, strategy sessions, dialogues, and skillshares, Harriet's Apothecary Freedom School offers tangible tools to deepen our individual and collective healing powers and skills. Historical and present day indigenous stories and tools of wellness, safety and care outside of the medical industrial complex will be explored. See workshop offerings and descriptions at

Wednesday | August 19
Black Radical Imagination | Film screening
@ 739 Franklin Ave.
7-10PM | suggested donation
21+ to drink

Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of visual shorts focusing on the aesthetics of afro-futurism, afro-surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema. Curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George, the New York premiere of the 2015 program includes works by Terence Nance, Cauleen Smith, Lauren Kelley and more. Spotlighting new stories within the diaspora, each artist contributes their own vision of a post-modern society through the state of current black culture.

Thursday | August 20
@ MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place
7-9PM | suggested donation

MoCADA Makers Trunk Shows reflect the best in African Diasporan fashion. Celebrate culture and design that empowers self expression as we showcase the latest accessories, apparel and everything in between. This year will feature Wild Moon Jewelry, and a special performance by future soul singer, JusMoni. Visit for additional vendor information.

Friday | August 21
The 16th Annual KidFlix Film Festival
@ Fulton Park, Chauncey St.
7-9PM | FREE

Every Friday night in August brings the MoCADA-hosted KIDFlix Film Festival, at Fulton Park, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Beginning each week at 7pm, this annual event draws hundreds of children and families from throughout the borough to experience kid friendly features, documentaries, shorts and television programming by filmmakers of the African Diaspora. This year’s festival is in partnership with Black Girls Rock! Visit for details.

Catch the Wave | Closing Party
@ Vodou Bar, 95 Halsey St.
21+ to enter | $10

The 2015 Soul of BK Festival will will close the only way the borough knows how, a dope ass party! Join us in an atmosphere of progress and love with vibes set from Iman Omari, NorvisJr, DJ Native Sun, and more. | @MoCADA | #BLKAUGUST


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