Colorado Black Arts Festival is back, live and in-person for its 35th year

This July, the festival will bring food, live music and performance, visual art, games and kids activities to City Park.

A performance at the Colorado Black Arts Festival.

A performance at the Colorado Black Arts Festival.

Joe Neely.
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Every year for over three decades, the Colorado Black Arts Festival has brought a celebration of African American art and culture to Denver.

Last year, the pandemic forced the festival to move its events online. But in a Facebook post Wednesday, the festival’s organizers announced their intent to return with an in-person festival for its 35th year.

“Over this past year, we have reimagined, redefined and redesigned nearly every aspect of daily life while our collective experiences became, at once, both simpler and more complex,” the post said. “Together, we will explore how the varied arts and cultures of the African Diaspora reflect the promise that is us!”

From July 9 through 11, the festival will take over part of City Park, offering attendees a chance to experience food, live music and performance, visual art, games and kids activities created and organized by Black creatives. It’s free to attend.

The festival joins a growing roster of events returning in-person this year, including the Underground Music Showcase, Taste of Colorado, First Friday Art Walks on Santa Fe, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

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