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Friday, June 08, 2007

Utah's Largest African American Cultural Arts Presentation

Utah Juneteenth Heritage Festival - 18th Annual Utah Juneteenth Cultural Arts Festival

June 15-17, 2007 (With additional Activities June 11-14th)

The 18th Annual Celebration, Utah's largest African American Cultural Arts presentation, is replete with artistic performances, arts & crafts vendors, and Ethnic cuisine, sure to please the most discriminating palate. The theme for the annual event is "The Utah African American Experience: A Journey of Purpose, Promise & Provision." It will highlight over 100 years of Utah Black History. The Juneteenth Festival will include a host of exciting games and educational activities with cool prizes for all ages. There will African Dance performances and Workshops, Story Telling, Black History Trivia Trail, Exhibits, and much more! The festivals education and outreach program will include a Health & Wellness Fair, Education & Career Fair, and numerous community resource programs to share valuable information.

Activities ALL WEEK LONG! Monday, June 11th - Sunday June 17th!

*6/11 Movie Night-Monday (Akeelah & the Bee)- 8:30 p.Monday night is Movie Night and we will show Akeelah & the Bee, about an 11-year-old girl from South Los Angeles whose dream is to compete in the National Spelling Bee. It is an excellent story of hope and the power of community, featuring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett and KeKe Palmer.

*6/12 3on 3, 3 pt Shoot-Out & Slam-Dunk Competition-Marshall White Center, 222 28th Street, Ogden-6:30 pm

Tuesday: 3 on 3 Basketball, Slam Dunk Competition and 3 Point Shootout! Contestants will compete for cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights of course.

*6/13 Talent in the Park-Wednesday-7:30 pm

*6/14 SUPER Step, Dance & Hip-Hop Show at the Amphitheater (7:30 pm)Thursday, the Harambee Tobacco & Health Network Youth Council will present Super Dance, Step, & Hip-Hop competition.! Each contestant will have to create and include a tobacco-free message in their performance.

*6/15 Tom Scott in Concert, 7:00 pm featuring Ellis Hall at the Amphitheater and local Jazz Legend, Joe McQueen. Tickets are on Sale Now at all Smithtix LocationsFriday, Jazz Concert, featuring saxophonist Tom Scott & the LA Jazz Express along with Ellis Hall, a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso who possesses a vocal style that commands attention in its diversity and depth. The concert will be held at the Amphitheater as well and tickets are on sale now!

Cost: Tickets prices include: General Admission: $20, Bleacher Seating: $15, VIP PACKAGES: $75 & $100 ($75 Includes Backstage Pass, Personal Picnic Basket with Wine & Gift; $100 includes all the above plus a VIP Meet & Greet After the Concert)

*6/16 Festival 12 n. -10 pm featuring Ca$his & Sly Boogie, Triple P Recording Artist and more. African Dance Ensembles ELIKYA & FUTA! TORO aka Mussukeba Sane in Los-Angles, Story Telling, Rhythm & Blues, Youth Art Barn, Soul Food, Clothing and Art Vendors

Saturday, the festival begins at 12 noon -10:00 pm with activities and performances all day! Catch your favorite local artist as they team up with national recording artist CA$HIS, African American Dance & Drum, SOULJA Gospel Hip Hop and more. Food and vending booths, Education and Career Fair, Health & Wellness Fair, Kids Art Barn, Old Fashion Games, Black History Trail and more.

*6/17 Gospel Music Celebration, featuring National Recording Artist Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Kansas City Songbird-Zenobia Smith, the Utah Juneteenth Mass Choir, SOULJA, and a host of local choirs. Fathers Are Forever - Father of the Year Recognition (nominate your father today). Cost for Saturday: $5 for ages 10 & up. Senior Citizens, 65 & older-Free

Sunday: Gospel Music Celebration. Hear National Recording Artist Ms. Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, a Detroit native "with a style reminiscent of Aretha Fr! anklin. Soulful Vanessa Bell Armstrong has been belting out R&B-flavored contemporary gospel since the '80s. She got her start working with Dr. Mattie Moss Clark (Mother of World Renowned Clark Sisters). She has since gone on to work in both gospel and secular music. She did the theme song for the television series Amen, where her links to Rev. Al Green (and ultimately to Rev. Claude Jeter) were evident"

Festival runs from 1:00 - 8:00 pm with a Special Fathers Day Presentation. Nominate your Father for our Fathers Are Special Tribute.

The Juneteenth festival brings communities and neighbors together to renew old ties, to share good times, celebrate achievement, catch-up on the happenings and exchange ideas and information. Join Us for Utahs Biggest Family Reunion and Festival!


SPONSORED BY: Weber County RAMP, Ogden City Arts, Zions Bank, Ogden Chapter NAACP, ! Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Foundation, Ogden Standard Examiner, KRCL Community Radio, KBZN-The Breeze Radio, Weber State University, The TRUTH, Harambee Tobacco & Health Network, Marshall White Community Center, Weber/Morgan Health Dept. Abstinence Education Program, Goldenwest Credit Union, Wells Fargo Bank, Ogden/Weber ATC, Northern Utah Coalition and Management Training Corporation.

Admission: Friday Jazz Concert-$15 & $20 General Admission/VIP: $75 & 100;
Hours: Thurs. 6/14: 7-10pm; Fri. 6/15: 7-10pm; Sat.6/16: 12n-10pm
Contact: Betty Sawyer
Phone: 8013940924
Venue: Ogden City Amphitheater
Location: 324 25th Street, Ogden
Web Address:

Accessible to those with Disabilities


  • At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I went to this event last year and had a wonderful time. Saw many familiar faces and reaquainted with a lot of them. Looking forward to '08. Being from Texas and living my younger years in Utah I was surprised at how big a celebration it was in a state that knew about the end of slavery long before we did. It a heritage that Texas and it seems the whole country celebrate now.

  • At 10:53 AM, Blogger Tom said…

    palate, not palette.


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