Culture Connection: National Black Theatre Festival
With Brother Malcolm
· August 1, 2013
This week I’m returning to LA from one of the most exhilarating and eye opening experiences I’ve had since CultureConnection UK, The National Black Theatre Festival (www.NBTF.org ) in Winston-Salem, NC. Now celebrating its 13th year of gathering black theatre artists from across the nation (and a sprinkle from abroad), this biennial convening is something that must be seen and experienced to be believed.
Firstly, imagine a small southern city that is completely taken over by a week long festival for, about and curated by black folks. As an Angeleno I can’t imagine thousands of black theatre artists taking over my beloved LA with their new plays, workshop readings and celebrity sightings galore, well celebrity sightings aside much of what I’ve seen in three days of this 7 day festival is extraordinary and truly historical. From honoring the legends of our field to providing a platform for our youth to engage their artistic sensibilities, The National Black Theatre Festival is truly as it tagline professes Black Theatre Holy Ground.
Next week I’ll be back on the podcast to give you a complete run down of the entire festival complete with reviews of plays, the city of Winston-Salem and of course the people watching! If you don’t know me by now, this is a serious hobby of mine, serious.
Until next week remember to make a career out of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.