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Friday, June 17, 2022
6:00 p.m.
Armory Food & Event Hall
Free Event

Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with Sundiata African American Cultural Association (SAACA).

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

COVID-19 Protocols:
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

The festival will take place in-person on June 17 (6pm-9pm), June 18 (12pm-9pm), and June 19 (12pm-7pm) at the Armory Food & Event Hall, Mural Amphitheatre, and Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival celebrates the arts and educates the community about people of African descent who form a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Join Festival Sundiata and celebrate Juneteenth & Father's Day with food, dance, music by local artists, art gala, youth drill & dance teams, children's village, African dance troupe, marketplace with over 60 vendors, Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, and the Unspoken Truths Museum.

Millions of people have been touched by the Festival Sundiata experience and come back annually. The free programs will be even more entertaining with great production value and classic performances. Most importantly, Festival Sundiata creates an opportunity to bring families and diverse communities together in unprecedented ways.


Friday, June 17, 6:00pm-9:00pm:


Time Activity/Performance
6:00pm-6:15pm "Lift Every Voice" - DaNell Daymon 
6:15pm-7:15pm Art Reception & Social Hour
7:30pm-8:40pm Kalimba

Saturday, June 18, 12:00pm-9:00pm:


Time Performance
12:10pm-12:50pm The Mahogany Project
1:00pm-1:50pm Kouyate Arts
2:00pm-2:50pm Styles of Steppin
3:00pm-3:50pm Boka Kouyate Drum Circle
4:00pm-4:50pm Trifecta
5:00pm-5:50pm The Band
6:00pm-6:50pm 206 Zulu
7:00pm-7:50pm CT Thompson


Time Performance
12:00pm-12:15pm Opening Buffalo Soldier National Anthem
12:15pm-1:30pm Electronettes Highsteppers Mychel Hodges II
1:30pm-2:30pm Phil & Felicia Curry
2:40pm-3:30pm E Pruitt Band Maureese Itson
3:40pm-4:30pm Dub Lounge International
4:40pm-5:40pm Justnice Zhanea June Tomi Bell Rose Prosecco
5:50pm-6:50pm Dray Love & Empress Lof*
7:00pm-7:30pm DJ Uncle Guy Dance Party
7:30pm-8:40pm Rick James’ Original Stone City Band

Sunday, June 19, 12:00pm-7:00pm:


Time Performance
12:00pm-12:50pm Toni Bailey, Zumba
1:00pm-1:50pm 206 Zulu
2:00pm-2:50pm Yung B DianaStarr Sassie
3:00pm-3:50pm Gina Williams
4:00pm-4:50pm Eugenie Jones
5:00pm-5:50pm The Residency
6:00pm-6:50pm Lion of Judah


Time Performance
12:30pm-1:40pm Michael Powers Band
1:50pm-2:40pm Global Heat

Saeed Renaud


The Queens of Soul Jazz

5:10pm-6:10pm Bobby Valentino

The Bar-Kays

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