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Graffiti Magazine Volume 2 Issue 20
November 3, 2009, 8:52 pm
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MOJA Feature Article

The 27th Annual MOJA festival begins on September 27 and lasts until October 7.  The festival is produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee and Advisory Board.  The ten-day festival features all facets of African-American and Caribbean art including contemporary as well as traditional favorites.

Its tradition of exciting live entertainment and diverse activities has gained it a spot as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 event for many different years, a title that has brought culture seekers from across the nation to experience the celebration of Caribbean and African culture.  Almost half of MOJA’s activities are admission-free; the rest will cost you a modest price ranging from $5 to $35.  The affordability of this festival is just one reason for you and your friends or family to attend.

MOJA is a Swahili word meaning “one;” this translation fits in perfectly with the festival’s aim to harmoniously bring together the many diverse cultures of our community during this celebration.  The festival highlights the many different contributions that African-American and Caribbean cultures have made to the western world.  MOJA’s activities try to encompass as much of these cultures as possible through its diverse lineup of visual art displays, classical music, dance, jazz, poetry, storytelling, theatre, ethnic food, traditional crafts, and much more that simply cannot all be mentioned.  The festival also takes an educational stance through many of its events, offering workshops to further educate our community’s children about African-American and Caribbean culture and art.

The 2007 MOJA festival features many fantastic and acclaimed artists, including Frankie Beverly and Maze, Najee, Soulfood Jazz, Daniel Davis, and Pearl Cleage.  There is literally something for everyone at this celebration of Caribbean and African culture.  If you’re a literary freak, there are poetry readings; if you can’t stop singing in the shower, there are plenty of live musical performances; if you’re a whiz with a paintbrush, there are tons of art displays.

The MOJA Art Festival is one of Charleston’s most prized events.  Those behind the scenes of the festival strive to make each year better than the last, and the 2007 schedule of events proves that this goal will be achieved this year.  Block off a few days of the festival in your schedule, and if you’re lucky enough to take a vacation from work fro the full ten days, do it!  I guarantee that you’ll walk away from the festival on October 6 wiping away tears because it’s over.  For more information, visit

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