The annual Harlem Week celebration with multiple music, dance and cultural events, goes virtual this year, with dozens events each day, including an online film festival, book readings for kids, cooking classes with top Harlem chefs, a performance of the Abyssinian Mass with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and more.
Some events are daily, like the online Vendor Village and mini job fair, where you can shop with local artisans from around the world and visit with reps from Fortune 500 corporations and daily dance movement events to help us move and groove.
Harlem Week is Sunday, August 16 to Sunday,August 23, when it wraps up with the all day Harlem Day, also virtually.
There are dozens of events, and we can’t list them all.
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Here are some highlights. Find all the events on the Harlem Week website.
Enjoy Films that speak to this year’s Harlem Week theme of “Movement of The People”, celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Baseball League and the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.
Parents, have your kids join us each morning of HARLEM WEEK in the Children’s Corner. Our daily space just for kids up to age 12.
Youngsters can enjoy book reading, performances, cooking classes (done with adult supervision) and more.
This year, we can’t be dancing in the street, but there can be dancing at home. Join the HARLEM WEEK At Home Dance Party featuring DJ’s spinning a broad spectrum of music that has one thing in common, to make you want to get up off that couch and dance.
Harlem has some of the worlds most iconic restaurants and we invite you to experience them virtually throughout HARLEM WEEK 2020.
See how some of the mouth watering dishes and delicious beverages are made, join us and enjoy “A Taste of Harlem.”
In 2008, nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Wynton Marsalis was commissioned to write a piece commemorating the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. The result was a sacred celebration: a sweeping composition for a big band and 70-piece gospel choir.
This special performance of The Abyssinian Mass features The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed.
- photo courtesy Harlem Week.
HARLEM DAY is how HARLEM WEEK began in 1974. It is the culminating event of the HARLEM WEEK Festival and our biggest day! HARLEM DAY has seen international recording artists, actors, sports figures and international leaders take the stage over the years.
This year HARLEM DAY features virtual appearances from and performance by Stevie Wonder, Doug E Fresh, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Jazzmobile, Lincoln Center presenting works in tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, Tsidii Leloka from the cast of Broadway’s The Lion King with IMPACT Repertory Theater performing a tribute to Miriam Makeba, The Harlem Music Festival All Star Band led by Ray Chew and much more.