Cartwheel Art is proud to partner with LA Commons for the eighth annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks in Leimert Park Village on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The festival features a procession and live musical performances during which traditional artists, youth groups, and diverse community members celebrate the global African village, venerating ancestors, and paying homage to their shared heritage through mask-making and dance. This year’s festival will highlight Brazil and its diasporic, artistic connections to Leimert Park.
Produced in partnership with the Leimert Park Art Walk to promote the area’s vibrancy, culture, legacy, and economy, Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks is held annually during the June art walk. Visitors can expect an abundance of activity, including art workshops furnished by LA Commons, food and fashion vendors, drum circles and much more.
The 2018 theme is “Asuwada,” a Yoruba principle describing an energetic phenomenon that arises when a community unites with a collective positive intention in pursuit of a common goal for the greater good. Asuwada highlights the importance of compassion and solidarity in a time of unprecedented divisiveness.
Following the festival, local businesses are asked to display the festival’s masks and puppets, extending the public’s opportunity to view these ancient and modern artifacts.
Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks
June 24 (12 pm – 7 pm)
Admission is free
Leimert Park Village People Street
4343 Leimert Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008