Umojafest 2012 starts tonight in Judkins Park and will run through Sunday, filling the park with music, food, a basketball tournament and more.
The festival kicks off with Children’s Day activities from 11-4 Friday, followed by the SHINE Talent Competition at 5.
The annual parade starts Saturday at 23rd and Union and marches down 23rd Avenue to Judkins Park. Staging starts at 11 a.m., the parade starts at 1.
“Umoja” is a Swahili word meaning “unity”, and is the main theme of the festival. As our community and city has experienced a number of tragedies from gun violence, we value the Umoja Fest as a platform to promote peace and community building. This year will feature several events addressing the toll that gun violence has had on our community and launching the 206-4-PEACE campaign.
206-4-PEACE is a grassroots campaign powered by several of Seattle’s positive young leaders. The mission is to build a movement that speaks out on gun violence, positive alternatives, education, respecting others, healing and community building.
The campaign will launch on Saturday, August 4th at the Umoja Fest featuring several activities focused on promoting and end to gun violence in our communities and highlighting positive alternatives. The campaign seeks to leverage celebrity guest speakers, live performances and free giveaways that promote employment opportunities, outreach programs and support systems. Activities include:
PEACE is Possible Parade Entry
Join the entry for peace in the Umoja Fest Parade. Wear orange to show your unity. We are seeking to have as many people from the community as possible march in the parade in memorial to the lives that we have lost to violence and commit to working together for positive change.
Here are some highlights from the schedule:
Children’s Day & Activities Friday (11am -4pm)
SHINE! Talent Competition (Friday, 5pm)
UNCF Walk For Education (Saturday, 9am)
Umoja Fest African Heritage Parade (Sat. Aug 4th, 1pm)
Umoja Soul of The City Stage (Saturday & Sunday)
UNCF Celebrity Cook-Off For Education (Saturday, 11am-4:30pm)
Hip Hop 4 PEACE Stage (Saturday & Sunday)
Heal The Hood Basketball Tournament (Saturday, All day)
Raise The Bar Community Fitness Challenge (Saturday, 3pm)
Gospel Fest (Sunday 1pm-4pm)
Vendor Marketplace (All Weekend)
Voter Registration Drive (Saturday & Sunday)
Friday, August 3rd, 11am-4pm
Art In the Park African Drum & Dance with Adefua
Adefua Cultural Education Workshop brings another spectacular year of West African Drumming, Dance and Song to the Othello Park Community. Youth will perform a Traditional Welcome Dance, with live music, and song, Kutt N UP’s Hip Hop Dance, and orchestrated selections of sounds of West African cultures.
Fitness Passport Station with the Austin Foundation
Fitness Passport is a fun way to engage youth and family of all ages in exercise and nutrition education. The activity features fitness and obstacle stations. As youth go through the different stations they receive a stamp/sticker on their passport showing they have accomplished the activity at that station. Small prizes are awarded to participants who reach certain goals for individual obstacle and fitness stations.
Futsal clinic with Puget Sound Futsal
Founded in 2006 Puget Sound Futsal aims to be at the forefront of ushering organized Street Soccer/Futsal to the Central Area of Seattle. PSF made History on May 10, 2012 as the1rst organization of its kind to be awarded an 18th month pilot project at the Judkins Park Tennis courts. PSF’s vision is to provide a year round free open space for Steet Soccer/Futsal recreational pick up games, 4 season leagues, Tournaments, Futsal Clinics, Training sessions, Futsal Cups and freestyle soccer all ages.
Other activities include:
Arts n Crafts Station, Candy Necklace Making/Popcorn Bracelets/Fruit Loops, Umoja Mural, Face Painting, African Mask Making, Bubble Pictures, Coloring Pages, Crown Making, Popsicle stick crafts, Movin it Station, Dress up, African Clothing for boys and girls, Drumming, Musical Chairs to live drumming, Rythm and Sounds, Relay Race, Eggs on a Spoon, Math Games, Flag Football, Nature Station, Plant a Seed, Find a Fern Nature Hunt, Literacy Lounge, Library Representatives, African Storytelling
DJ demonstration, Dance Off, Talent Showcase, Modern Dance, Rythm and Dance
The activities continue on Saturday with the always anticipated parade at 1pm. After the parade there will be lots of fun with Carnival Time Fun Village There will also be arts and crafts and the fitness challenge for children and families to participate in.
For more information contact Angel Mitchell at 425.390.4826 or email [email protected]
Saturday Aug. 4th, 9am-4pm
“PEACE is Possible” Parade Entry
Join the entry for peace in the Umoja Fest Parade. Wear orange to show your unity. We are seeking to have as many people from the community as possible march in the parade in memorial to the lives that we have lost to violence and raise the alarm on this state of emergency. The purpose is to mobilize community to do the necessary work to change this situation.
COMMUNITY FITNESS CHALLENGE
Saturday Aug. 4th
Austin Foundation Fitness Challenge
Zummba in The Park
Capoeira Angola w/ Seattle Capoeira Center
Soul of The City Stage
Zumba in the Park
Poetry In The Park feat.
UPC All Stars feat.
Kenyatto Amen & KHMET
Empty Vessels Afro Carribean All Stars
Pam & Joe Duo
Kevin Gardner & Redwine
88mm Films presents Chris Anderson Experience
Closing Remarks & Announcements
Opening Announcements & Remarks
New Hope Psalmist
New Bethel Choir
ONE (Eric & Megan Chaffer)
Tabernacle Youth Choir
Poetry Plus Motion
Caffeine Jazz Trio
Poetry in the Park feat.
Chris C’Dubb Washington
Gina “Beans” Adams
Bobby “Retrospective” McShan
88mm Film presents Chris Anderson Experience
HIP-HOP 4 PEACE STAGE
Heal The Hood Basketball Tournament
Join the Starbucks Black Partner Network and come hoop for a cause.
Doing It In The Park B-Boy/B-Girl Battle 4 PEACE
“Doing it in the Park” will bring hip hop back to its roots of park jams and a alternative to violence, in order to bring the community together and build strong friendship and communion across the city/region. This competition will celebrate over 40 years of bboying, featuring some of the top Northwest crews. It will be a celebration of urban culture and will demonstrate how the original New York City Breakers turned their negative environment into a positive global phenomenon.
Watch the Promo Video here:
Sponsored by the UW Hip Hop Association
1.) Styles For Miles
2.) F2 Si
5.) No Roots
6.) The Goons
7.) Certified Motion
8.) Record Junkies
9.) Battle Reflex
11.) Parks and Wreck-reation
12.) Yo Yes Squad
13.) 1312 UNL
14.) Young Gunz
SHINE Talent Competition Finals