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Welcome to our events page where we gather, collaborate &
participate with organizations who are also friends of Keepers Of The Culture, Inc.
We hope you will take time to be informed about our cultural community
organizations and events in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
"A single bracelet does not jingle"....Congolese Proverb
OCTOBER 28, 2018 SUNDAY @ 2:00 pm
"AIN'T IT FUNNY"
Stories, Songs & LOL4REAL!
From Africa to America, telling the stories of Aesop, Anansi & Brer' Rabbit!
Featured Storytellers : Nashid Ali, Shani Carrington, Akil Carrington, Ron Carter, Brother Hasan, Irma Gardner- Hammond, Sharjanet White, Saige Graham, "Our Sun Paul" - Young Bro. "O" - MC: Erma Holmes
Creative Director : Oni Lasana
MONTHLY - 2nd Saturday
DECEMBER 8, 2018 - JANUARY 12, 2019
10:15 AM - 12:30 PM
2nd Saturdays of the month, KOTC circle ups at this popular vegetarian haven in West Philly.
Business updates. Storytelling news you can use!
Join us to break bread together, welcome new members and enjoy a organically good time at our life member's restaurant, Atiya Ola's!
KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE'S
27th ANNUAL LOVE NIGHT
A storytelling concert & dinner for adult audiences.
With THE CENTER OF PEACE
AUGUST 4, 2018 - Saturday - $30 per person
A tribute of Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee
FEATURING: Nashid Ali, Jawara, Wanda Gigetts, Storytelling Irma, Erma Holmes, Paul Best, Zulma Gonzalez, Charjanet
*This wonderful event has passed. Please visit our Facebook page to see photo's & video's! Asante Sana
AUGUST 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY - 3PM - 5PM
Meet KOTC storytellers in person at the KIMMEL CENTER OF THE PERFORMING ARTS in PHILADELPHIA
ArtsLink is managed by the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, and one of its initiatives is to help close the gap in access to quality arts education, creative opportunities, and cultural experiences.
Keepers Of The Culture will be on hand to answer your questions on how you can bring a quality professional cultural storytelling program to your organization or school.
FREE ~ Registration is required, so please RSVP below!
During the month of JULY - ART SANCTUARY hosts a month long celebration of art exhibits, literary lectures, conferences on Black Arts & Culture. Over the years, KOTC storytellers are often featured in the sanctuary's celebrations.
KOTC opened the 34th Annual Black Storytelling Conference & Festival in 2016 at the prestigious AAMP.
KOTC members are often called on to present for children's events, historical re-enactments, festivals and special programs to educate and entertain.
KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE & PATCHWORK STORYTELLING!
JUNE 9, 2018 - SATURDAY - 12pm - 5pm
Presented by West Park Cultural Center, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Mural Arts Philadelphia
The 11th annual West Park Arts Fest will take place in West Fairmount Park on South Concourse Drive. This free event will feature three stages with live music, dance, storytelling, and special events for children.
JUNE 10, 2018 : ODUNDE was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur. The festival attracts UP TO 500,000 people annually and is the largest African American street festivals held in the country.
The festival, whose concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and Africanized people around the world.
JUNE 16, 2018 Saturday - 11 am - 8pm
Built in 1768, the Johnson House was one of Germantown’s oldest existing year-round homes which served as a major stop on the Underground Railroad.
Celebrate Juneteenth with friends and family in Philadelphia with food & clothing, arts & craft vendors, a youth village, re-enactors and more!
The Philadelphia Community of Leaders include music icon, Kenny Gamble. Are excited to present the 3rd annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade!
Sunday June 24, 2018
12 noon - 7pm
Ngoma’s Tribute to the Drum’s,
17th Annual Celebration
Family, Friends and Neighbor’s
Bring your drum, instrument of celebration!
Location: Stenton Park
1799 West Courtland Street.
Philadelphia PA, 19140
Free Family Friendly Event!
Welcome America is a multi-day festival with FREE multicultural and multi-generational events celebrating America’s birthday in America’s birthplace – Philadelphia.
The citywide festival is jam packed with multiple fireworks displays, free concerts, free museum days, community events, free outdoor movie screenings, block parties and more!
August, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia
On August 25, 1991, the Caribbean Festival Committee (“CFC”) presented the 5th Annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago, was later joined by St. Kitts and Grenada in 1992.
In 1993, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands came aboard. Additionally, we now have Guyana, Panama, Bahamas and St. Lucia. Family oriented with Caribbean foods, clothing and live music!
September 15, 2018 - Saturday - 12 - 6pm
Storytellers from Keepers Of The Culture, Patchwork and New Jersey Storytelling Network, hit the haystacks, barns, fields and rolling hills of the HOWELL LIVING HISTORY FARM in Lambertsville, New Jersey.
Oni Lasana as "Mama Earth : Stories to grow on!"
In photo; 2017 Oni Lasana as Granny Goose performed and served as one of the judges of the story slam. MC - Patchwork President, Denise McCormack, with judges NJSN's Carol Titus & friend.
OCTOBER 6 & 7th 2018 - Saturday & Sunday
We invite you to mark your calendars now for Philadelphia's annual showcase of roots & culture with wholistic health, lectures, fabulous vendors and family fun!
24th Annual International Locks Conference
Natural Hair, Wholistic Health, and Beauty Expo
October is "Sunday's on Stage" at the beautiful Parkway Central Library Montgomery Auditorum
19th & Vine Street
The first library in the nation!
KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE'S 21st ANNUAL FAMILY DAY CONCERT!
Presenting: "AIN'T IT FUNNY"
SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 28, 2018
SUNDAY @ 2PM
A themed showcase with storytelling from all areas of African and American culture. We bring it all home from Aesop, Ananci, Bre' Rabbit, Songs Of Freedom and more!
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK STORYTELLERS INC. FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE
October 31st - November 4, 2018
Cary, North Carolina
The premier showcase & authentic voice of Black Storytelling!
Fabulous Performances & Workshops
Our Storytelling Fabric:
"Weaving Tales From The Dismal Swap to Moral Monday Marches"
NOVEMBER 18, 2018 - SUNDAY
Parkway Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Since 1988 when J.G. "Paw-Paw" Pinkerton came up with the idea, this national event is the highlight of many storytelling organization's programming across the USA and abroad.
PATCHWORK, A STORYTELLING GUILD with KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE storytellers, presents "SILVER & GOLD...STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD"
The telling of favorite folktales edited and published by Patchwork's co-founder and Philly's own storyteller and librarian Barbara Baumgartner.
KOTC Annual Celebration is held across the tri-state of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware!
December 29 - January 1st
CELEBRATE UJIMA WITH US!
Thursday, December 27, 2018 @ 6:30pm Spirit First Foods
318 South 48th Street
Sign up to hear from us seasonally about performances, workshops and events!
MONTHLY : 2nd Saturday
10:30 - 12:30 AM
FEBRUARY : no meeting
MARCH 9 - APRIL 12 - MAY 11 - JUNE 8 - JULY 13 - AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 12 - NOVEMBER - no meeting for NABS convention - DECEMBER 8
Bring a friend, a story, a poem, a song, musical instrument & sound the drum!
Join with KOTC to share the glory of our story!
310 South 48th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143
AYA the Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness.
The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places.
"An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured
many adversities and outlasted much difficulty."
(Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)
KOTC is a non-profit organization.
Your generous tax-deductible donations will fund our mission.
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to offer quality arts-in-education programs to under served schools
and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and in the PA, NJ, DE tri-state area.
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Asante Sana! - Thank you!