Festival Sundiata: Black Arts Fest

Friday, June 17, 2022 - 6:00pm to Sunday, June 19, 2022 - 6:00pm
Seattle Center

The ACLU-WA is proud to be a presenting sponsor of this year's festival, held during Juneteenth weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, visit our table in the Armory to meet us and check out our photo booth. 

Seattle Center Festál presents Festival Sundiata: Black Arts Fest in partnership with Sundiata African American Cultural Association (SAACA). The festival focuses on intergenerational activities and promotion of traditional and contemporary African American heritage, showcasing local entertainment, photography, food merchants, historical exhibits, and more!

Festival Sundiata (pronounced: Soon-jah-tah), is the longest running African American festival celebrated in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle, holding its first festival in 1980. The festival is named in honor of the Sundiata Keita, the historic and legendary Mansa (King of Kings) of the Mali Empire in West Africa. King Sundiata rescued his people’s griot and created one of the most significant cultural and economic kingdoms in Africa.

Artwork by Lashae Parris. See her work on Instagram @artbyshaeparris

Check out this video for an artist preview.