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From the Ground Up: Black Charleston and the Reconstruction Era – Friday, February 23 at 7pm at Cannon Street Arts Center

From the Ground Up: Black Charleston and the Reconstruction Era Friday, February 23. Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7pm Pure Theatre at Cannon Street Arts Center 134 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403   Join the MOJA Arts Festival Artistic Director, Charlton Singleton, and the City of Charleston’s Poet Laureate A$iah Mae on Friday, […]

2023 MOJA Arts Festival performers nominated for two Grammys

The War and Treaty, who performed at the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival, have received two nominations for the 66th Annual Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best American Roots Song for “Blank Page”. The War and Treaty, a husband and wife duo consisting of singer-songwriters Michael Trotter, Jr. and Tanya Trotter. The group played […]

Poetry in Focus: A Ekphrastic Love Letter to “Losing Ground”

Charleston Poet Laureate A$iahMae in partnership with the MOJA Arts Festival, presents Poetry in Focus: An Ekphrastic Love Letter to the film “Losing Ground”. This evening assembles poets Queen Guillotine and TTruthSeeker The Poet, and experimental music duo Geechee Technologies in a collective celebration of Kathleen Collins’ landmark independent film, released in 1982. Click here […]

Charlton Singleton named Jazz Artist of the Year

Congratulations to MOJA’s Artistic Director, Charlton Singleton, for winning Charleston City Paper 2023 City Paper Award Jazz Artist of the Year. We are all so proud of you and continue to be inspired by your music and your leadership. Keep soaring! To read more, click here.    

2023 MOJA Community Tribute Luncheon Honorees

The MOJA Arts Festival is pleased to bestow awards on outstanding community leaders in recognition of their contributions to the region at the annual MOJA Community Tribute Luncheon. The 2023 MOJA Community Tribute Luncheon Honorees are: Ms. Javetta Palmer Campbell, Artist Ms. Barbara Nwokike, Gullah Parties by Barbara, Business Ms. Marietta J. Ascue-Worthy, Civic/Community Service […]

Thank You!!!

The 2023 MOJA Arts Festival was a huge success. We would like to say thank you to John Tecklenburg, Charleston’s City Council, the Office of Cultural Affairs, planning committee members, our vendors and artists. We would also like to say a big thank you to YOU for your love and support. Please continue to follow […]

MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL EVENTS – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

Today is the last day of the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival. This year’s festival has been absolutely amazing and we are planning a big finale at Hampton Park at 4pm with DJ Scrib, Terence Young and Hip Hop Icon Chubb Rock. We look forward to seeing you at Hampton Park!    

MOJA Arts festival events – Saturday, October 7

Here is what’s on deck for the MOJA Arts Festival events for today:   — 2:00pm: ‘Paradise Blue’ by Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc. at Cannon Street Arts Center — 2:00pm: Poetry and Story Telling at Carr Richardson Park — 3:00pm: A Fundraising Music Celebration for Gino Castillo. — 7:00pm: ‘Broken Chains & Things’ […]

MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL EVENTS – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

We have lots of exciting things to do today for the MOJA Arts Festival. The full schedule is below:   — 9:00am: 4th Grade Readout – A Day for Rememberin’ at participating Charleston County School District — 11:30am: State Historic Marker Dedication at the Old Slave Mart Museum (6 Chalmers Street) — 6:00pm: Poetry and […]

MOJA on King was EVERYTHING LAST NIGHT!!

About last night… MOJA on King was a whole new and exciting vibe! We danced to and we sang with Queens of Hip Hop Soul who just turned it out!! They performed songs from Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Faith Evans and Lauren Hill. Ohhh what a fantastic time. The ladies sang their […]

TONIGHT IS MOJA ON KING – the queens of hip hop soul performing

Tonight is MOJA on King and we can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend! This free-to-attend block party will feature live music (including the Mason Prep Steel Band), vendors, outdoor dining and extended retail hours, with King Street between John and Mary Streets closed to vehicular traffic from 6 pm to 9 […]

Closing Weekend of the MOJA ARTS festival kicks off

There are lots of things to do for the remaining days of the MOJA Arts Festival. Check out this article from our friends WCIV | ABC News 4. There’s truly something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you. For ticket information, visit www.mojafestival.com.

MOJA Arts Festival – We are having so much fun!

Thank YOU for making the MOJA Arts Festival so much fun. Here’s a video of the great times we’ve had together so far. Click here to watch. There’s more MOJA excitement on deck, go to www.mojafestival.com for the full schedule of events.

MOJA Arts festival Artistic Director on Lowcountry Live

MOJA Arts Festival Artistic Director, Charlton Singleton, was on WCIV’s Lowcountry Live this morning discussing this  year’s festival. The festival has been so exciting and we are looking forward to the remaining days of the festival, which includes theater presentations, visual arts exhibitions, poetry and storytelling offerings and so much more.  Click here to watch […]

Additional artists and performances have been added to the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the MOJA Arts Festival Planning Committee, has announced details of additional MOJA Arts Festival performances and performing artists ahead of its closing weekend. Highlights include: MOJA on KING, Marcus Anderson, Music Celebration for Gino Castillo, New Jack Swing Dance Party, Joey Morant – All […]

2023 MOJA Historic Site Designation: Old City Garage

The MOJA Arts Festival Planning Committees will have a small gathering on Wednesday, October 4 at 11am at 134 Line Street, the Old City Garage, to designate the location as the 2023 MOJA Historic Site. All are welcome to attend.  For more information about the Old City Garage, please watch here.  

Sanders The Colour Of Music Festival Octet gives a special performance for students from Sanders Clyde Creative Arts Elementary

Ahead of their performance tonight, students from Sanders Clyde Creative Arts Elementary received a special performance from the Colour of Music Festival Octet at the Dock Street Theatre this morning. The third graders enjoyed learning about how each instrument of the octet works together to create beautiful music. For more information about the Colour of […]

The Colour of MUSIc octet is tonight featuring flutist and lowcountry native Meghan Bennet

Tonight at 7:30pm, the Colour of Music Festival is back at Charleston’s Historic Dock Street Theatre. The ensemble will feature Lowcountry native and flutist Meghan Bennett and will honor the legacy of Edmund Thornton Jenkins, including his “Negro Symphony Dramatique” arranged by his great-nephew Tuffus Zimbabwe. For ticket information, visit www.mojafestival.com.

Standing Ovation for “Yankee Bajan” premier at the historic Dock Street Theatre

Don’t miss your chance to see “Yankee Bajan” on Sunday, October 1 at 3pm. Linda Parris-Bailey’s play with music, “Yankee Bajan” directed by Dahlak Brathwaite made its  stateside premier as part of the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival on Saturday, September 30 resulting in a standing ovation. In attendance were long-time friends and families of the […]

MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL EVENTS – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

MOJA Arts Festival events scheduled for today are: Music – Gospel Concert, Theater – “Yankee Bajan”, “Paradise Blue”, and “Wedding Band”. Please visit www.mojafestival.com for show times and ticket information.  

Linda Parris-Bailey Visits James Simons Public Montessori School

Veteran playwright Linda Parris-Bailey, who wrote the play “Yankee Bajan” which is part of the theater offerings for the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival, visited James Simons Public Montessori School on Friday, September 29. Parris-Bailey worked with a group of 7th and 8th grade filmmakers in collaboration with local arts organizations Yo Art and TINYisPOWERFUL. With […]

MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL EVENTS – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

MOJA Arts Festival events scheduled for today are: 3rd Annual Gullah Arts Experience, Paradise Blue, Wedding Band, Broken Chains & Things, Yankee Bajan Go to www.mojafestival.com for event details.

MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL EVENTS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

On deck for tonight at the MOJA Arts Festival is the Reggae Block Dance and The War and Treaty. The Reggae Block Dance is from 6 -10pm at Hampton Park. Catch reggae talent Da’ Gullah Rootz and Monsoon featuring Operation Irie. African drumming and dance will be on site as well as food trucks and […]

MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL STARTS OFF STRONG

Thank you The Post and Courier for capturing the magic of the MOJA Arts Festival opening day parade last night. We had so much fun!        

2023 MOJA Arts Festival – Opening Day Parade

Join us this evening at 6 p.m. for the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival opening day parade. The parade starts at Marion Square, down King and Market Street to the U.S. Custom House. We can’t wait to see you. For more information, visit www.mojafestival.com.

Review of “When It Rains It Shines” and “When The Land Meets The Body” Exhibitions

Read this fantastic review from The Post and Courier, and then go see the exhibitions from these two amazing Black artists: Fletcher Williams III’s “When It Rains It Shines” at the International African American Museum and LaVaughn Belle’s “When The Land Meets The Body” at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. For more information, about […]

Reggae Block Dance – Friday, Sept. 29 from 6-11pm

**** UPDATE: DUE TO THE KING TIDE EXPECTED ON FRIDAY, THE REGGAE BLOCK DANCE WILL NOW BE AT HAMPTON PARK. **** One of the highlights of the MOJA Arts Festival is the Reggae Block Dance. This year’s concert is coming up, this Friday, September 29 from 6 – 11 p.m. at Brittlebank Park. Featured artists […]

PARADISE BLUE

In residency during the MOJA Arts Festival, Art Forms & Theatre Concepts presents “Paradise Blue” a riveting and moving production centering around Detroit’s Club Paradise. Written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Art Gilliard, “Paradise Blue” runs from September 28 – October 8 at the Cannon Street Arts Center. For tickets and show times,  visit www.mojafestival.com.

Return! Return! 

What’s a “Yankee Bajan?” In some ways, the production and story of “Yankee Bajan,” written by Linda Parris-Bailey and directed by Dahlak Brathwaite, is about identity. In other ways it’s about riding waves and weathering storms. It reminds us that making decisions is hard work; coming of age is hard work; raising a family is […]

The Colour of Music’s performance will honor Edmund Thornton Jenkins

The Colour of Music Festival Octet performs on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Joining this year’s ensemble is renowned flutist and lowcountry native Meghan Bennett. This Colour of Music performance will be extremely powerful as the music will honor the legacy of Charleston-born composer Edmund Thornton Jenkins by […]

‘World-class’ endeavor – Charlton Singleton’s first year as artistic director of MOJA Arts Festival is about to begin

Alan Hovorka with the Post and Courier, sits down with Charlton Singleton, artistic director for the MOJA Arts Festival, to discuss his vision for this year’s festival line up and taking the festival to new heights. Click here to read the article.      

Editorial: Taking Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival to a new, higher level

The Post and Courier examines the recent developments made by the city, through the Office of Cultural Affairs, to help propel the MOJA Arts Festival to new heights.  Click here to read the article.  

Get ready for the Moja Arts Festival!! Live 5 NewsChannel’s Ann McGill talks about the Gospel Concert

Live 5 News channel anchor Ann McGill speaks with Rev. Randolph Miller and Javetta Campbell about the upcoming gospel concert during the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival. Click here to watch. The concert will be on Sunday, October 1 at 4pm at Greater St. Luke AME Church. For tickets and more information, visit www.mojafestival.com.    

MOJA brings international musicians, storytelling, more

MOJA brings international musicians, storytelling, more  

Mayor Tecklenburg unveils additional details for upcoming MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston

During today’s press conference, Mayor Tecklenburg announces additional details about the upcoming MOJA Arts Festival, which will take place September 28 through October 8, 2023.  The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced annually by Charleston in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee and a host of local civic and cultural leaders. Click here […]

A Few Powerful Words About the MOJA Arts Festival from Legend Sunn m’Cheaux

  We are deeply honored to be featured on Sunn m’Cheaux’s social media pages. Check out this amazing video he posted about the MOJA Arts Festival. Click here to watch the video.

MOJA Arts Festival is featured in the Charleston City Paper

We are thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of the Charleston City Paper. Thank you for highlighting us and the many artists and events that will be part of the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival. To read the full article, click here.   MOJA brings international musicians, storytelling, more  

HERITAGE

We can’t get enough of “Heritage”, the artwork featured on the poster for the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival. Watch as Morowa Mosai/Alexandria Searles explains her inspiration to create the piece, which is on view now at City Gallery as part of the MOJA Juried Art Exhibition.   https://studio.youtube.com/video/1a_DDUwd254/edit      

Mayor John Tecklenburg, Charlton Singleton Announce the Upcoming MOJA Arts Festival Details

Thank you to all who came out to our press conference with Mayor Tecklenburg and Council member William Dudley Gregorie this week to launch the 2023 MOJA Arts Festival.  Alexandria Searles was on hand as well to discuss the poster art for this year’s festival.  In case you missed it, you can view it here. […]