National Black Theatre Festival

It’s a shame that only our summer school students are here right now, because next week the National Black Theatre Festival is coming to town next week. Here’s a snippet from their web site:

The 2011 National Black Theatre Festival will be held in Winston-Salem, NC, August 1 – August 6. Festival highlights will include the Opening Night Gala, Celebrity Receptions,  Readers’ Theatre of New Works, National Black Film Fest, the Youth Celebrity Project, Midnight Poetry Jam, TeenTastic (Collaborative Teen Initiative), International Colloquium, International Vendor’s Market,  NBTF Fringe, Author’s Pavilion, Artists Networking Showcase,  Workshops and Seminars, the Larry Leon Hamlin Solo Performance Series, and 35 Black theatre companies from across the country and abroad offering over 100  performances.  More than 50 celebrities of stage, screen and television are expected to attend.”

This festival reportedly brings about 65,000 people to Winston-Salem.  It’s a cultural event of great magnitude here.  Our own Dr. Maya Angelou was the first festival chairperson in 1989, and the NBTF celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009.

If your students are in town, or if you are local or will be visiting Winston-Salem next week, you may want to check out some of the performances and activities.  This is a world-class event.

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