Along with Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Dept., from 12 noon - 6 p.m. at the MLK Memorial Park at 6000 NW 32nd Ct., numerous corporations, community and civic entities will collaborate to produce a variety of culinary experiences, cultural programs and entertainment performances--all designed to honor, promote, unify, and preserve our local, vibrant African and Caribbean heritage.
Rooted in the ingenuity and excitement of the human spirit, this intergenerational celebration is key to cultivating racial pride and nurturing community building by recognizing ethnic contributions to our contemporary society and transmitting that knowledge to future generations.
With a people-centered approach that focuses on improving the local communities' self-reliance, social justice, and participatory decision-making, the festival engenders the connectivity, sustainability and quality of place necessary to build strong, responsible, peaceful, loving families. Together, we are more cognizant and adaptive to different ways of seeing, understanding, experiencing, and transforming where we live, how we work, and what we dream--both for ourselves and their world.
• Presented by Cox Media on the WEDR
99 JAMZ Mainstage, hosted by
international recording artists and top
DJs. the Soundtrack of Our Lives will
showcase a variety of music genres:
R&B, Soul, Jazz, Reggae, Rap, Salsa,
Merengue, Hip Hop, Rake-n-Scrape,
Soca, Reggaeton & Haitian Compas.
Illuminating our 2018 theme, “Continuing the Dream,” creative expressions of music, dance, and theater will be performed on the Cultural stage with artworks exhibited throughout the venue.
• A Children's Village provides day-long entertainment and arts activities for
• An African/Caribbean Cultural Marketplace affords the opportunity to
buy herbs, fabric, clothing, cosmetics, oils, books, jewelry, Pan-African artifacts
and collectibles. A Farmers’ Market will feature tropical plants, herbs, spices,
natural products, arts & crafts, and more.
• Local restaurants, food trucks, and grocers staff
the Food Corner--a fan favorite, crowd unifier, and
an impactful economic element--where you can
sample a variety of menus and foodstuffs from
Soul Food to Louisiana Creole to traditional dishes
from the Caribbean and the Motherland. Delicious
menus include African falafel fritters; Brazilian
espetinhos; African-American barbecue;
Trinidadian doubles and roti; Jamaican patties, jerk ribs and chicken; Cuban
arepas; Bahamian conch fritters; Haitian griot; Mexican tamales; Dominican
empanadas; fried plantains, boiled peanuts, roasted corn, and coconut water.
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.