The 2019 ELEVATE Atlanta Art and Culture Festival began Monday. The annual event is hosted by the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, and this year, it takes place in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta.
The week-long festival features exhibitions, performances and other cultural events, such as screenings of films like 2019's The Last Black Man in San Francisco and 1989's Do The Right Thing.
The 2019 festival is curated by the African Disaporic Art Museum of Atlanta and its executive director, and a critically acclaimed painter, Dr. Fahamu Pecou. He joined us in studio to talk about the inspirations, events and conversations behind this year's ELEVATE. Raianna Brown also joined the conversation. She is founder of Komansé Dance Theater, which is behind one of the festival's featured performances.
On Friday, Komansé Dance Theater will be showcasing a production of Skid: Revisited as part of ELEVATE Atlanta. That takes place 7:30—9:00 p.m. at the Carver Steam Academy Auditorium.
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