MOJA Arts Festival returns for 11-day celebration of African American, Caribbean culture

The annual 11-day MOJA Arts Festival will begin in Charleston on Sept. 29.

The celebration of African American and Caribbean culture is hosted by the city of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs and will include a variety of performances, art displays and educational outreach.

Highlights include the opening day parade that embarks at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 from Marion Square to the U.S. Custom House; a juried art exhibition on display from noon-5 p.m. Sept. 29 through Oct. 9 at City Gallery, 34 Prioleau Street; and the finale party at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Drive, with musical tributes to Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. 

Among other events are: 

  • 6 p.m. Sept. 30: Reggae at Brittlebank Park, 185 Lockwood Drive, featuring Monsoon and the Ras Bonghi Reggae Allstars, plus food vendors
  • 1 p.m. Oct. 1: Black Biz on the Block at Philip Simmons Park, 64 Columbus St., featuring Black-owned small business vendors and live music
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 1: An Evening of Jazz with Momentum, Da’rrell Ravenell and Peace of Mind Band at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 3: Lowcountry Voices presents Hymnology II with special guest Desmond Pringle at Greater St. Luke AME, 78 Gordon St.
  • 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5: Harambee Dance Company will perform at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.
  • 6 p.m. Oct. 6: Jazz on King Block Party between Ann and King Streets featuring outdoor dining, shopping, music by Tonya Nicole and LaToya Renea, with live painting by kolpeace 
  • 8 p.m. Oct. 6: Harambee Dance Company will perform a new MOJA-commissioned work at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.
  • 8 p.m. Oct. 7: The Music of Stevie Wonder by Charlton Singleton and friends at Festival Hall, 56 Beaufain St.

For a full calendar of events, visit Some events are free to attend, while others are ticketed.

This year’s poster was designed by Amiri Geuka Farris, who has been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions and juried museum exhibitions internationally. 

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