Memorial Weekend is here and that means also BAM’s Dance Africa Festival and the Africa Bazaar are back. That is when gentrified Fort Greene turns Black again, lines build up for jerk chicken grills and red velvet funnel cake stalls, the sky is blue, the sun is shining and many vendors are spilling onto the streets around BAM – the Brooklyn Academy of Music to sell Africa-inspired fashion, jewelry, bags, art etc. As everyone knows who has been following this blog for a while: This is my favorite festival of the year besides AfroPunk!
It is getting smaller though, as the parking lot and other empty spaces – where the vendors used to build-up their tents – are now blocked by construction for big, glassy condo buildings. I really hope that this festival isn’t pushed out of Fort Greene eventually as I just love it so much.
Here are some impressions of the fashion/accessories and the stylish peeps that attended. Would love to hear your comments below!
- Global Batik
- Origins Style by Nasozi
- Wow Wow by Wunmi
- Tafari Tribe
- Afrodesica Worldwide
- Semirah Jewelry