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NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL GOES PLATINUM! 20TH ANNIVERSARY TICKETS ON SALE NOW Headliners include: Gladys Knight, Wynton Marsalis, Carrie Mae Weems, Alice Walker, Dr. Cornell West, Judith Jamison, and Much Much more

ATLANTA, GA The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), the internationally acclaimed celebration of the arts, is pleased to announce its 2008 20th Anniversary schedule. Tickets for the Festival, which takes place July 18-27 in and around Atlanta, Georgia, are now on sale. Tickets for festival events are available via the web at or by calling the Woodruff Arts Center at 404-733-5000

The 20th Anniversary is a great milestone for the NBAF, said festival Executive Producer Stephanie Hughley. In a time when so many arts organizations serving multicultural audiences have disappeared from the landscape, we can be proud of the fact that were still here, and stronger than ever. For this major event, we've got an incredible lineup coming to help us celebrate. Simply put, this is a great time in the Festivals history.

The 2008 NBAF features a multitude of art and culture offerings, including: The Official NBAF Artist Market moving to its new home at the Georgia World Congress Center; the NBAF Childrens Education Village; Pan African Film Festival; Friday Night Jazz at the High; World Music Festival at Centennial Olympic Park (acts TBA); Funk Jazz Kafe; Summer Institute; and, Ebb and Flow: The Next Generation of Poets Speak.

NBAF 2008 20th Anniversary Highlights

Visual Arts Embrace: the fine art fair of the National Black Arts Festival, Mason Murer Gallery, July 17 - 20

Music Legends Celebration: An Evening with Gladys Knight, Atlanta Civic Center, July 19

Music Wynton Marsalis/Robert Spano concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Woodruff Arts Center, July 19

Dance - A Tribute to Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, featuring The Urban Bush Women, Ron K. Brown/EVIDENCE and dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Rialto Center for the Arts, July 19

Visual Arts A Requiem Marks the Moment, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring artist Carrie Mae Weems. Commissioned in partnership with Savannah College of Art & Design, Woodruff Arts Center, July 15-July 27

Theatre – Oprah Winfrey Presents the Color Purple, The Fabulous Fox Theatre Atlanta, July 15-August 3

Creatively Speaking Alice Walker & Pearl Cleage, Rich Theater, July 20

Creatively Speaking Dr. Cornell West, Wynton Marsalis with Carrie Mae Weems, Rich Theater, July 20

About NBAF

The National Black Arts Festival is one of the premier national and international celebrations of the art, music and culture of people of African descent. The mission of the NBAF is to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression.

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Black United Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts, The Kendeda Fund, The Nonprofit Finance Fund/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Woodruff Arts Center: Alliance Theatre, Young Audiences, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, 14th Street Playhouse.

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