The sweetgrass Cultural arts Festival is returning to Mount Pleasant’s Memorial Waterfront Park June 1 and June 2. Named a Top 20 event in by the Southeast Tourism Society, the eighth edition of this phenomenal event promises boundless pleasure for visitors of all ages.
Designed to build awareness of the Gullah-Geechee people, event-goers can indulge in an array of fun-filled activities while soaking up the culture of this unique population through folklore, gospel music, African drumming, dancing, and, of course sweetgrass basket making – the oldest art form of African origin in the United States.
The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival will kick off with “The Real Taste of Gullah” Friday evening. Highlights of the evening include an illustrated presentation on the history of the Gullah people’s rice culture by renowned international artist Jonathan Green, as well as a fashion show featuring designs by local basket makers.
On Saturday morning, attendees will be able to attend a seminar that will address issues of concern to African-American communities along the Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor, such as health, education and heirs’ property.
The fun will continue with the main event, from noon to 8 p.m. The festival will boast an array of delectable dishes, games, live music and performances by the Adande African Drum and Dance group, a presentation by the 54th Massachusetts Civil War Reenactment Regiment, basket making demonstrations and works by local artists and crafters.
“The activities are designed to expose, engage, entertain and educate about the Gullah-Geechee culture and history,” said SCAF Project Director Thomasena Stokes- Marshall.
There is no admission or parking charge. For more information, visit www.sweetgrassfestival.org or call (843) 856-9732.