However, the event will be a little different this year as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary.

A news release on the festival called the event “a legacy in Atlanta, which provides stellar artistic and educational programs in music, dance, film, visual arts, theatre and the literary arts.”

According to Vikki Morrow, president and CEO of the festival, tickets for the gala are $500 per person and include dinner, artistic performances and entertainment.

All proceeds are used to fund the festival’s other two events, the first of which is a gallery exhibit and speakers’ forum, scheduled for Sept. 15 and 16 at the Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th St. in Atlanta.

That will be followed by an art gallery exhibit Sept. 22 through Oct. 15 at the Chastain Arts Center, 135 W. Wieuca Road in Buckhead.

Morrow, who has been attending the festival for 28 consecutive years, described it as “a big family reunion and a wonderful celebration of artists and culture of African descent.”

“The National Black Arts Festival has been a place where people from all over the country have come to view the events and purchase art, in addition to getting to know new artists while having a wonderful overall experience,” she said.

According to Nekrida Taylor, who has attended several National Black Arts Festivals, this is a “wonderful event which celebrates the history of the arts in Atlanta and beyond.”

“I really enjoy all the activities and shows which, for me, not only brings it all together but, more importantly, it brings everyone together in such a diverse city as Atlanta,” she said.

The news release described the mission of the festival as engaging and educating audiences about the diversity of art and traditions found in African culture, as well as providing a platform for African artists to express their creativity.

Since it was founded by the Fulton County Arts Council, the festival has become the largest celebration of African art and culture in the world, the release stated.

Artistic disciplines showcased at the festival include film, dance, literature, the performing arts, music, theater and visual arts.

For more information on the festival or to purchase gala tickets, visit www.nbaf.org.

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