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ARTS, MUSIC, COMMUNITY: AFROSOLO Festival: My Culture, My People, Me! San Francisco (Aug. 2, Aug, 18, Aug 21-24)

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RESILIENCE: My Culture, My People, Me!
August 2-October 16, 2008

Outdoor Jazz Concert in Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, August 2, 1-4 pm

Visual Arts Programming: Resilience: My Culture, My People, Me!

Gala Concert at Yoshi’s San Francisco and Awards Ceremony
Monday, August 18, 8pm (gala reception 6 pm)

Black Voices Series
Thursday August 21-Saturday August 23, 8pm; Sunday August 24, 3pm

UNITED IN HEALTH 3: Artists, Healthcare Workers and Community
Saturday, August 23, 2008, 10am – 2pm

As I reflect on our fifteenth season, it is hard to believe that so much time has gone by. I vividly remember my birthday party in 1991 where I invited friends to perform. It went so well that the next year I was encouraged to have another performance party. The party morphed into the AfroSolo Arts Festival 1994. Over the years we have had some wonderful performances, exhibits, forums and panels and as we move into this year’s event, I have no reservations that this year’s Festival will be our best yet. Through our theme of RESILIENCE: My Culture, My People, Me! we will pay homage to and explore the rich legacy of African Americans and people of African descent. This theme also provides us an opportunity to see how our stories connect and unite with people of all cultures.

Tickets now available for AfroSol
AfroSolo Black Voices Series
ONLINE by phone 1800-838-3006

Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony
ONLINE by phone 1-800-838-3006

We will present two concerts, a visual arts exhibit, premieres of four stage performances, and a comprehensive health fair. The Festival will take place at various venues in San Francisco including The Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, The Lush Life Gallery, The Marsh, San Francisco’s Main Public Library, Yerba Buena Gardens and Yoshi’s San Francisco Jazz Club. We are also very grateful for our artists, Festival partners, funders, press and patrons for it would not be possible without them.

Take a look at our schedule and you will see that most of the events are free. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

I look forward to seeing you at the Festival.

Thomas Robert Simpson
Artistic Director/Founder

AfroSolo’s mission is to nurture, promote, and present African American and African Diasporan art and culture through solo performances and the visual and literary arts. Since 1993, we have provided a forum to give an authentic voice to the diverse experiences of Black people. Through art, we bring people of all ethnicities together to explore and share the human spirit that binds us all.


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