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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.    

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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 […]

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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      

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