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Heritage Day

Date: September 28
Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm
Location: Olde Towne Creek Park, 1400 Olde Towne Road
Admission: Free

Head to Olde Towne Creek Park for a full day of activities celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture and heritage in the Lowcountry. Community cultural ambassadors will be on hand with information and programs.

Activities for children, poetry readings, youth performances, and workshops are all on offer alongside a health fair with free screening and information at what promises to be a delightful day at the park.

Opening Day Street Parade

Date: Thursday, September 26
Time: 6:00pm
Admission: Free

Join youth ensembles, community groups, and entertainers to welcome in another MOJA Festival season. Come and see the joyful celebration that features energetic performances, colorful costumes, and the exciting sounds of marching bands! The parade begins at Marion Square and heads down King Street, turning onto Market Street, and ending at the US Custom House at East Bay and Market Streets.

Reggae Block Dance

Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Venue: Brittlebank Park
Address: corner of Fishburne and Lockwood
Admission: FREE

Join us for one of MOJAs favorite traditions and dance the night away with your friends and neighbors. Featuring Mighty Joshua, with the Zion 5, and Keith Porter, the founding member of the Itals. Bring your folding chairs and blankets to set up a picnic or enjoy fare from a variety of ethnic and international food vendors.  Please note: coolers are not permitted.

The high energy live performances of Mighty Joshua invite listeners of all ages to experience the uplifting spirit of reggae music.  His powerful voice encourages positive change and the infectious grooves of his backing band the Zion 5 leaves audiences wanting more.

Keith Porter is the original founding member of the legendary vocal harmony group the Itals. Keith continues to sing and share his message of love and unity.  You’re invited to share in an authentic Jamaican Roots, Rock, Reggae experience right here in Charleston!

Coolers are not permitted.

Gospel Concert: Good Old Fashioned Gospel Music

Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church
Address: 273 Meeting Street
Admission: $11
Coordinator: Reverend Randolph Miller

The program will feature music made famous by artists such as Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar and Andre Crouch.  The sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church will never be the same as Ashley Hale, Mario Dessausure, Elder Javetta Campbell and Reverend Randolph Miller wow the audience with their musical talents.  Come be a part of this wonderful hand clapping, foot stomping experience.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Film Screening

w/ an Introduction and Poetry by Asiah Mae and Marcus Amaker.

Date: Tuesday, October 1 Doors 6:30 pm, Show  7:00pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address: 37 John Street
Admission: $8
Purchase Tickets Here

After a stint as an editor early in her career, American writer Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools around the world. Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.

View the Trailer Here

The World of Anansi the Spider

Date: Tuesday, October 1, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Columbia Marionette Theatre presents “The World of Anansi the Spider”
Features several folk tales narrated by the storyteller, Anansi, a classic character featured in African tales which descended to other cultures such as Jamaican and Gullah.

Soul in the Garden

Date: Wednesday, October 2 6:30pm
Venue: The Gibbes Museum of Art
Address: 135 Meeting Street
Admission: $20 Members, $25 Non Members, $400 Table For 10
Purchase Tickets Here

A few of Charleston’s favorite vocalists; Black Diamond (The Black Diamond Band) and Zandrina (The Zandrina Dunning Experience) are excited to bring you “Soul in the Garden.” The two will join together to bring you an evening of Soul music with a twist under the stars along with a few of their friends.

The Gibbes Museum partners with the Charleston Music Hall to bring outstanding live music performances to the Lenhardt Garden. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair and arrive early to find a spot – or reserve a premium table – and enjoy a plein-air performance under the setting sun.

This concert will feature members of The Black Diamond Band and The Zandrina Dunning Experience. Black Diamond and Zandrina, along with a few of their friends, will bring you an evening of Soul music with a twist.

Rhythms and Instruments from the African Diaspora

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 9:30 pm
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street

An Edu-Concert

World traveler, musician and cultural educator Daniel Scruggs, creator of Rhythm Moves, leads participants on an interactive journey with instruments and rhythms of the African diaspora from ancient times in Africa to Hip-Hop music of today.  This immersive learning experience will highlight traditional and contemporary rhythms and instrumentation from Africa, South America, North America and the Caribbean Islands.  Each component of the show is rich with audience participation and all in attendance will come away with new perspectives on geography, history, culture, nature, language and the value of peace.

The Gullah Lady Presents Stories and Songs

Date: Thursday, October 3, 9:30 am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free

Join us for this interactive program featuring traditional Gullah stories, songs, and instruments. This fun-filled program incorporates handmade art in the stage design and is designed for all ages to enjoy.

Community Tribute Luncheon

Date: Saturday, October 5
Location: Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407
Donation: $40 per attendee


Please contact Basil Punsalan at or 843-577-2311

The MOJA Arts Festival is pleased to bestow awards on outstanding community leaders in recognition of their contributions to the region at this annual outdoor luncheon.

2019 Community Tribute Luncheon Honorees:

Krisalyn K. Gleaton, PharmD.– Medicine
Ms. Mattese Miller Lecque -  Civic and Community Service
Ms. Linda J. Harvey – The Arts
Ms. Carolyn S. Brown – Artist
Mr. Earl Brown – Education
Mr. Nathaniel Jackson – Business
Ms. Francina Smalls-Kobus – Contribution to MOJA
Ms. Wevonneda Minis – Media
Miss Naomi Rosie Booker – Outstanding High School Student
Ms. April D. Mazyck – Rising Star
Mr. Ke’Von Singleton – Outstanding High School Student
Ms. Semaj Fielding – Outstanding College Student
Reverend Charlie L. Murray, Jr., Pastor – Religion

Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival

Date: Saturday, October 5, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Memminger Auditorium
Address: 56 Beaufain Street
Admission: Free

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area. Now in its fourth year, Black Ink serves as a platform to support local Black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African-American authors in the area. With the support of community-conscious sponsors Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival will impact the lives of hundreds of readers, both young and old.

The Charleston African-American Book Festival is presented by the Charleston Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the Charleston County Public Library’s resources, stimulating use of the Library, and developing and supporting educational and literacy programs. This year, Black Ink is part of the City of Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival, an annual celebration of African-American culture.

The festival is free to the public. This year’s event will include the following features:

  • Author and vendor exhibits
  • Author discussions and signings
  • A panel featuring renowned African-American authors
  • And More!

Black Ink Keynote Speaker Nikki Giovanni
Time: 2:00 pm
*Registration is required to reserve a ticket for the keynote address.
Register Here

Nikki Giovanni, the world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, will be featured as the keynote speaker at this fall’s Black Ink, Charleston’s African American book festival. The festival, a program of the Charleston Friends of the Library and a part of the MOJA Arts Festival, will take place on Saturday, October 5, at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street. Admission is free.

One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, illustrated children’s books, and three collections of essays. The Academy of American Poets voted Giovanni #1 poet for the spring of 2007. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards, including Woman of the Year titles from three different magazines and the Governors’ Awards in the Arts from both Tennessee and Virginia.

MOJA Finale

Date: October 7
Time: 6:00pm until 11:00pm
Venue: Hampton Park
Address: 30 Mary Murray Boulevard
Admission: FREE

Close out the Festival in style! Everyone in your family will enjoy this free-to-attend celebration of all that the MOJA Arts Festival has to offer. From fascinating vendors and fantastic food choices to an evening of live music, this party is sure to entertain.  Get ready to dance the night away!