New York is filled with culture and people from all across the world making it one of the biggest melting pots out there. Walking down the street you may hear a handful of different languages being spoken or stumble upon a parade of celebration for a culture. It is honestly one of the top five reasons why I love this city. Constantly being exposed to a wide range of culture reminds me that living in this city is a gift not to be taken granted for. One of the more vibrant celebrations that takes place every year is DanceAfrica Bazaar, held by BAM here in Brooklyn. It is a weekend filled with amazing vendors, food from all different parts of Africa and of course dancing. It honestly is a must see and this year I decided to explore the festival with one of my best friends to capture her experience at this year’s DanceAfrica. I also put together a little Q/A I did with her to learn more about how she feels about DanceAfrica and where she gets inspiration for her style.
Name: Christina Daniels
Home State: Ohio
Profession: Marketing and Development at Pioneer Works
Years living in New York: 5
Was this your first year attending DanceAfrica? No
If no, how many years have you attended? 3
How did you hear about DanceAfrica?
I love BAM, so I keep up on what they’re doing.
How would you describe DanceAfrica to someone who has never attended or heard of it?
DanceAfrica showcases the cultures, dances, and fashions of African countries in a weekend-long festival. I look forward to it every year.
What is your takeaway from it/favorite part about the celebration filled weekend?
I love the Bazaar. The streets are so vibrant with food, shopping, and performances. Also, you can’t beat the people watching.
Has anything from the festival struck inspiration for you in terms of style?
If so, in what way?
I get a lot of inspiration for natural hairstyles.
How would you describe your style?
I like simple silhouettes and patterns.
How has your style evolved throughout your life?
My style is simplified. I have more quality pieces that make up collection rather than one off pieces.
Has there been any event or experience that has had a major impact on influencing how you present yourself to the world?
Moving to New York, or perhaps just getting older, has elevated my style. I definitely feel like my style has gotten better over time.
Stay up to date on all events/festivals thrown by BAM here and don’t miss out on next year’s DanceAfrica. Interested in attending other festivals in New York for the time being? See below for a list of a wide range of festivals happening over the rest of summer.
Saturday, July 15th – NYC Caribbean Food Festival “A Cultural Celebration for your Senses”
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1500 Paerdegat Avenue North
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Saturday, July 15th – Curlfest
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 16th – Carnaval de la Cultura Latina
Southern Boulevard between 163rd St and Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
Sunday, July 16th – Bastille Day
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
128 Smith St
Sunday, July 23rd – Jamaican Jerk Festival NYC
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Roy Wilkins Park
Friday-Sunday, July 29th-31st – 38th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow
Queens County Farm Museum
Floral Park, NY
Sunday, July 30th – Gran parada dominicana del bronx
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
815 Gerard Avenue
Friday, August 4th – Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Jamaica Avenue (Between Parsons Blvd & 170th St)
Saturday, August 5th – Ghana Cultural & Festival
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Crotona Park E
Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13th – Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Friday-Monday, September 2nd-4th – West Indian American Day Carnival Festival
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Museum (Eastern Parkway)