Soul of Brooklyn Week returns to the largest borough August 17-25. The 9 day festival, in collaboration with MoCADA, is a celebration of arts and culture inspired by African Diaspora, with a focus on creating partnerships between black-owned businesses with local arts organizations in BK.
A strong mission coupled with a borough graced with a great musical pedigree has helped craft a lineup of events littered with heavy hitting artists and performers. Soul of Brooklyn Week 2013 opens to a free concert August 17 from 2 pm to 7pm at Cuyler Gore Park with Alt-HipHop-era Shabazz Palaces and Sub Pop labelmates THEESatisfaction.
Performances will run through the 25th at locations scattered throughout Brooklyn with parties, exhibits and performances fronted by notable artists the likes of M1 (Dead Prez), Prince Paul, and Afro-Punk.
But it’s not all about music, there is something here for everyone, and more than a handful of events are free to the public. If you’re around NYC between August 17th and 25th you won’t want to miss the Soul of Brooklyn Week 2013. Check out the full listing of events below.
Soul of Brooklyn
Event Date: August 17th – August 25th, 2013
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
Soul of BK Launch Event + Concert
The Soul of Brooklyn launch will feature a performance by Seattle-based hip hop collective, Shabazz Palaces. There will also be performances by electro dub-hop group abstract random, and tunes by THEESatisfaction’s DJ Sassy Black and Stas THEEBoss. Join us as we celebrate the Soul of Brooklyn launch with live music, vendors, art activations, and more.
Cuyler Gore Park
Greene Ave and Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
2:00PM – 7:00PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
Tap + Cork Beer and Wine Festival
Tap+Cork presents the 1st Annual Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest. Featuring local, regional, and national beer and wine shops, the festival will also include live entertainment, food, and tastings!
1428 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
1:00PM – 8:00PM
MONDAY, AUGUST 19
Brooklyn Jazz X Bed Vyne Brew
In partnership with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, join The Jeff King Band and the Brandon Sanders Trio for a live performance. Meet us in Bed-Stuy, enjoy some live jazz, and sip local craft beers from Brooklyn.
Bed Vyne Brew
370 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
7:00PM – 9:00PM
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
STOOP STORIES: H Street
H Street is a comedic play that follows Frankie, the newest resident of the rapidly gentrifying H Street, any city, USA. Armed with a city grant to build a community center, she has dreams of building the perfect home for her new neighbors, but quickly discovers that it takes more than good intentions to unite a neighborhood.
The Lee’s Stoop
65 Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 11205
7:00PM – 8:30PM
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
PATTERNS OF SUCCESS: Bridging the gap between art, creative freedom and entrepreneurship
This presentation by The Artist Empowerment Firm will discuss the current trend towards entrepreneurship and the specific tools artists need to become masters at ruling their market and making money on their terms. Stay after the workshop for a meet-and-greet with the presenters, and enjoy cocktails, food and tunes by a local DJ.
417 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:30PM – 10:30PM
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
MoCADA Makers: Trunk Show
MoCADA’s new trunk show series kicks off with the latest collection from Nigerian-American designer, Busayo Olupona. Complimentary refreshments provided.
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:00PM – 8:00PM
I DON’T CAMOUFLAGE
I Don’t Camouflage and MoCADA present an event hosted by M1 of Dead Prez. Featuring music by DJ Mike Flo, the night will be a fusion of music, dancing, lights, patterns, and colors and a celebration of our individuality and uniqueness. Come wearing pattern prints!
905 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
8:00PM – 11:00PM
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy
Come celebrate the 14th annual KidFlix Film Fest with a family-friendly films under the stars! This free film festival for kids and families is held every Friday night in August in Stuyvesant Heights’ Fulton Park.
Fulton and Lewis Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Black Weirdo is a party that calls for Blackness to be celebrated and appreciated in all facets on earth and beyond. Hosted by THEESatisfaction and bklyn boihood, the party will feature tunes by OC Note, Mursi Layne, and Chocolate Chuck.
622 Degraw St Brooklyn, NY 11217
11:00PM – 4:00AM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
LANDSCAPE COLLAGE FOR TEENS
Artists Sam Vernon and Rushern Baker IV will lead middle school and high school aged students in creating abstract and landscape collage projects!
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
1:00PM – 4:00PM
HCX Summer Concert
Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Kont ak Mizik Anba Tonèl: Ochan pou Mimi Barthélémy. Performers will share Haitian folktales and songs by the late Mimi Barthélémy, presented by Melissa Beauvery, Jennifer Celestin, Atibon Legba, Laura Simms, and music by Riva Nyri Precil.
558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
6:00PM – 9:00PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Soul of BK X AFROPUNK Block Party
As part of this year’s AFROPUNK Festival, join us for the Soul of Brooklyn Week finale. The Block Party will feature DJs Rich Medina, Prince Paul, CX KIDTRONIK, and Mursi Layne. Check us for local Black owned business vendors of all types, art activations, and more!
Commodore Barry Park | AFROPUNK FEST
Flushing Ave and Navy St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
1:00PM – 8:00PM