Dance

In the interest of the safety of our audiences and artists, the 2020 MOJA Arts Festival will mostly present virtual programs throughout the month of October. Educational outreach efforts will continue throughout the balance of the calendar year. Details of specific programs will be posted as they are finalized here and on the CharlestonArts.org calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page.

Past festivals have included internationally renowned performances by Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company ; the Dance Theatre of Harlem who was cop-presented with the Charleton Gaillard Center;  Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO);  and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

Theatre

In the interest of the safety of our audiences and artists, the 2020 MOJA Arts Festival will mostly present virtual programs throughout the month of October. Educational outreach efforts will continue throughout the balance of the calendar year. Details of specific programs will be posted as they are finalized here and on the CharlestonArts.org calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page.

Past productions have been presented by Art Forms and Theatre Concepts along with performances by Lady in White Productions, PURE Theatre, Charleston Black Theatre and many others in such theatres as the Dock Street Theatre other venues.

Heritage & Community

In the interest of the safety of our audiences and artists, the 2020 MOJA Arts Festival will mostly present virtual programs throughout the month of October. Educational outreach efforts will continue throughout the balance of the calendar year. Details of specific programs will be posted as they are finalized here and on the CharlestonArts.org calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page.

Heritage and Community events have included activities celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture and heritage in the Lowcountry.  Local performers, activities for children, poetry readings, youth performances, and workshops are always on offer alongside a health fair with free screenings and information.

Health & Recreation

In the interest of the safety of our audiences and artists, the 2020 MOJA Arts Festival will mostly present virtual programs throughout the month of October. Educational outreach efforts will continue throughout the balance of the calendar year. Details of specific programs will be posted as they are finalized here and on the CharlestonArts.org calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page.

Past health and recreational events have included junior and adult tennis tournaments and the Charleston Boxing Club Annual MOJA Cup.

Literary

In the interest of the safety of our audiences and artists, the 2020 MOJA Arts Festival will mostly present virtual programs throughout the month of October. Educational outreach efforts will continue throughout the balance of the calendar year. Details of specific programs will be posted as they are finalized here and on the CharlestonArts.org calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page.

Literary events in the past have included Black Ink: The Charleston African-American Book Festival; the 2018 MOJA Festival  forged partnerships with the inaugural Free Verse Festival and the NEA Big Read to present an incredible lineup of literary events.  Annual offerings include a poetry and storytelling series with numerous local and regional poets such as Carolos Johnson and the Speak Freely Foundation, Damon Fordham, Regina Duggins, Horace Mungin, and many others.  Other featured literary events are our annual Swahili Workshop, outreach in local schools with a 4th Grade Readout day and Children’s programming at the main branch library.

Music

In the interest of the safety of our audiences and artists, the 2020 MOJA Arts Festival will mostly present virtual programs throughout the month of October. Educational outreach efforts will continue throughout the balance of the calendar year. Details of specific programs will be posted as they are finalized here and on the CharlestonArts.org calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page.

MOJA Arts Festival has featured some of the most talented musical artists not only locally but nationally and internationally.  Such artists and groups have included Charleston favorites Ranky Tanky; Quiana Parler and Friends; Hot Buttered Soul; Mighty Joshua with the Zion 5 and Keith Porter; Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa and Super Deluxe; The Dubplates and Future Fambo. Other musical events have included our annual Gospel Series at Trinity United Methodist Church, the College of Charleston Gospel Choir and special events like Soul in the Garden with Zandrina Dunning and Christian Smalls at the Gibbes Museum.  Other featured music has included the environmental works of contemporary composer John Luther Adams, the journey of hymns through history;  Ellington’s Sacred Concerts at the Charleston Gaillard Center with Charlton Singleton, Nathan L. Nelson, and Lowcountry Voices and Friends; and First Class Band aboard the Spirit of Charleston. The Charleston Music Hall played host to Higher Ground: The Music of Stevie Wonder and Woman & Cooke: A Tribute to Sam Cooke.

Visual Arts

In the interest of the safety of our audiences and artists, the 2020 MOJA Arts Festival will mostly present virtual programs throughout the month of October. Educational outreach efforts will continue throughout the balance of the calendar year. Details of specific programs will be posted as they are finalized here and on the CharlestonArts.org calendar, as well as on MOJA’s Facebook page.

Visual Arts components of the festival annually include a juried art exhibition, artists receptions and talks.  Past MOJA posters artists have included Synthia Saint James; John Christopher Wright II; Cedric Umoja; Fletcher Williams III; works by Philip Simmons; Alvin B. Glen; Jonathan Green; Doyle William Cloyd; and many others.