Indianapolis festival, events will celebrate Black Joy this weekend

Over two days, local black musicians, dancers and poets will join together with local and black-owned food and beverage vendors, small business owners and community organizations to kick-start a new tradition of dedicating the first weekend of August to celebrating Black Joy.

“Really the whole idea of ​​it is that black people are more than, like, a circumstance or a funding need or something,” said Nigel Long, program director and curator of GANGGANG and project manager of BLACK: A Festival of Joy. “We should be described by our joy, or our creativity, or, you know, all these other things that put us in a good light.”

Long said this new festival is meant to be a time for the black community to come and be together while expressing themselves and their creativity in a positive and welcoming environment and the culmination of a full weekend of black celebration.

Here are a few of the scheduled events this weekend:

Flanner House hosts Tha Block Party Vol. 6

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Flanner House, located at 2424 Doctor MLK Jr. St., will host its sixth annual Black-owned business block party, “Tha Block Party Vol. 6,” featuring live music, food trucks, shopping from local vendors, a video game truck and back-to-school giveaway for kids and more for the community to enjoy and make connections, said Dominic Dorsey, founder of DONT SLEEP and one of the event’s organizers.

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