Sankofa Hudson Black Arts & Cultural Festival

60th Anniversary!

Saturday & Sunday, August 14-15

Presented by Operation Unite NY, the Hudson Sankofa Black Arts and Cultural Festival looks at the past, present and possibilities for the future, through the lens of people of color. Come down to Henry Hudson Riverfront Park August 14-15 for a weekend of music, dancing and a colorful parade! 


Saturday, August 14

2:00pm Warren Street Parade featuring Families and Equestrian Marchers – Ohana Farm

3:15pm Welcome and Sankofa Community Awards

4:00pm Parade Marcher Refreshments

Youth Games by the Youth Committee

4:30pm Arm of the Sea Theater

5:30pm Kaisokah Moko Jumbies

6:15pm Mangue Sylla and Drummers Guinea

School Supply Give-Away

7:00pm Heard Jazz Band featuring Zorkie Nelson and Dancers

Sunday, August 15

4:00pm Drum Circle led by Olympia Ward Avignone of the High Peak Drummers

5:00pm Gospel Festival and Annual Sunday Service featuring Marlene Merritt and the Rainbow Singers, followed by Minister Gayle Heyward of Willingboro, NJ

Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center is a community-based education and cultural arts organization located in Hudson. Operation Unite NY offers educational, cultural and social programs including instruction in the performing arts, to youth and their families in Hudson and neighboring communities.

The Hudson Sankofa Black Arts and Cultural Festival is presented by Operation Unite New York, with support from the City of Hudson and the Hudson Tourism Board. For more information, contact

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