Black Arts & Cultural Festival set in Albany


On August 3rd, Albany will be celebrating a new take on classic traditions and cultural additions of the black community at the Black Arts & Cultural Festival. The festival features art, history, dozens of African crafts, food trucks, dancing, gospel stage, and an exciting lineup for the main stage. Formally known as African American Family day, the festival honors the contributions of the black community members and their culture. This event is a part of the Summer at the Plaza series that is free to the public and is family friendly. 

Grammy Award Winning Artist, Mya, is the featured performer on the main stage and with her 20 plus years of singing, songwriting, and producing experience Albany is in for a show. Mya’s self-titled debut album was released in 1998 and went double platinum. That release produced popular singles such as, “It’s All About Me”, “Movin On”, and “Take Me There”. She recorded a remake of LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” in collaboration with Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil’ Kim, and Missy Elliot. At the beginning of this year, Mya released the 21st anniversary of her debut album followed by the single “Open”. 

The festival is on Saturday, August 3rd from 2 pm to 7 pm. This event is free to the public and encourages families to come to celebrate their heritage in the Empire Plaza Albany, NY 12242. Some ground rules of the plaza are as follows, no alcoholic beverages (other than the ones sold at the event), no coolers or glass containers of any kind, taking audio or video of the artists is prohibited. If you are unsure or have questions about the rules refer to the New York State website for more details. 

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