PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – This weekend is the first in a four-part series highlighting African design, style, beauty and culture.
Demeatria Boccella is the producer of Festival Africana.
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“I’m bringing Africa to Pittsburgh,” Boccella told KDKA’s Lisa Washington.
Boccella says the idea came about after meeting a Parisian curator.
“Once we got to know each other, we realized that our missions were aligned, in terms of uplifting black creatives, uplifting and supporting black creatives. I said the only difference is that we live on different continents, ”added Boccella.
The two had originally planned to start a project in Pittsburgh, celebrating the diversity of the African diaspora, but were forced to turn to a virtual festival due to the pandemic.
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“We hope that in these difficult times it will be a moment of encouragement, a moment of inspiration,” said Boccella.
The festival features a Ghana-produced fashion editorial, a showcase of African accessories, home decor, and a concert – an event Boccella describes as timely and necessary.
She added, “It’s so important on so many levels… because it’s about fairness. It’s empowerment. It’s about celebrating who we are as people of African descent.
An in-person exhibition in Pittsburgh is slated for fall 2021.
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To register for the Festival Africana virtual event on October 17 and 18, Click here.