Cultural Events & Collaborations

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KOTC Logo (C) 1996 Columbus Knox

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

Free Library of Philadelphia, Sundays On Stage

KOTC's 22nd ANNUAL FAMILY DAY STORYTELLING CONCERT!


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

 

Visit Library
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Executive Meetings to Kwanzaa

Visit Atiya Ola's Spirit First Foods
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KOTC LOVE NIGHT 2018

AUGUST 2018

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

"EVERLASTING LOVE"

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



Everything Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee
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MEET KOTC STORYTELLERS IN PERSON!

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!

Register Here!
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CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTS

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. 

Sanctuary in arts here!
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AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF PHILADELPHIA

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.

~ Visit AAMP museum ~
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WEST PARK ART FESTIVAL 2018

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.   

west park art festival
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ODUNDE FESTIVAL

 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. 

CELEBRATE ODUNDE!
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JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL

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!


Juneteenth at johnson house
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2018 Juneteenth Musicfest & Parade

Friday & Saturday
June 22nd – 23rd , 2018

    

The Philadelphia Community of Leaders include music icon, Kenny Gamble. Are excited to present the 3rd annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade!

Juneteenth Philly Info
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TRIBUTE TO THE DRUM!

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!


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WAWA WELCOME AMERICA!

JULY  2019

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!

WAWA America welcomes you!
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CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL

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, vendors and live music! 

Caribbean Festival info
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NEW JERSEY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2019

September 14, 2019 - 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. 

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.

Visit New Jersey Storytelling Festival!
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BLACK ART IN AMERICA EXHIBIT

September 14-16th at the Historic Belmont Mansion & Underground Railroad Museum. 

Every picture tells a story!

Find out more
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25th Annual International Locks Conference, Wholistic Health & Beauty Expo!

OCTOBER 5 & 6th 2019 - Saturday & Sunday

We invite you to mark your calendars now for Philadelphia's annual showcase of roots & culture with wholistic health, lectures, fabulous vendors, Keepers Of The Culture Storytellers and family fun!

25th Annual International Locks Conference

Natural Hair, Wholistic Health, and Beauty Expo


Find out more
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FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA

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! 

visit library
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NABS 37th Festival & Conference 2019

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK STORYTELLERS INC. FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

November 6-10, 2019

Montgomery, Alabama

The premier showcase & authentic voice of Black Storytelling!

Fabulous Performances & Workshops

Theme: LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD!

Visit nabs here!
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TELLABRATION 2018

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.


NSN Tellabration info
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IT'S KWANZAA TIME!

 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

West Philadelphia




Official Kwanzaa Website

Habari Gani Newsletter

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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)


With YOU : KOTC grows!

KOTC is a non-profit organization.Your generous tax-deductible donations will fund our mission. 


Your contribution will also allow us to offer quality arts-in-education programs to under served schools and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and in the PA, NJ, DE tri-state area.

 

KOTC accept checks or money orders via  KOTC  P. O. Box 15083, Phila. PA 19130.


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Asante Sana!  - Thank you!

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