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Welcome to the Colorado Black Arts Festival

The Colorado Black Arts Festival (CBAF) brings the best of visual and performing arts to celebrate its Annual Festival in July 11-13, 2014 that is located in historic Denver City Park West. The 2014 theme  was “Expressions” where artistic creativity was expressed at all levels. The Colorado Black Arts Festival’s goal is to unite and enlighten the entire Colorado community through an artistic compilation of visual presentations, music, dance, language, theatre, literature and food showcasing our unique style. Festival 2014 offered a multi-media platform of the arts showcasing artists from the African diaspora.

This green, affordable, and family oriented event is free and open to the public.

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9 News Parade of Lights

For the first time, the Colorado Black Arts Festival presents An African Christmas in the 9 News Parade of Lights.  Based on a cherished tradition of the Igbo people of Southeastern Nigeria, CBAF will construct a scaled down Igbo Ijele (pronounced e-bo e-gelay) mask for a masquerade through the streets of Downtown Denver.   In Africa, the Ijele mask signifies an important event or celebration and makes rare appearances.  The Ijele is constructed of colorful fabric on a skeleton of bamboo sticks and decorated with figurines and depictions of everyday life.  In general, Igbo masks can be made of wood and fabric, have a variety of uses including public festivals, which now include Christmas time celebrations.  The Ijele mask is of historic significance.  It is the largest known style of mask in the world and is a cherished cultural element of the Igbo people.
 
All CBAF parade participants will wear traditional West African print clothes during the masquerade. 
 
Drummers will play Akunechenyi and other African traditional music.  The Denver community will witness the rich cultural displays of the people of African descent.
 
For more information on the Parade of Lights Click Here.