The MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for many years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites. Nearly half of the events are admission-free, and the remainder are offered at modest ticket prices.
The event is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.
Moja, a Swahili word meaning “One,” is the appropriate name for this festival celebration of harmony among all people in the community. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to western and world cultures. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much, much more. In addition to its myriad arts presentations, MOJA also includes an active and busy educational outreach component of workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.
Due to continuing safety concerns about COVID-19, the 2021 MOJA Arts Festival will not incorporate its traditional platform of large scale free public events and ticketed performances by national and international artists. A series of MOJA events scaled to mirror current CDC guidelines for safe public assembly in both outdoor venues and indoor facilities is anticipated for this autumn, along with public art initiatives, pop-up art exhibitions and new programs intended to interrogate and rearticulate key concepts of identity, heritage and community.
MOJA Arts Festival
Gaillard Center Box Office
95 Calhoun St
Charleston SC 29401
MOJA Festival Website
Dates: September 30 - October 10, 2021
Time: Varies by event
Admission: Varies by event. Some events are free to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, on-line, on the phone or at the event.
City Gallery will host the 2021 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition. Additional pop-up exhibitions are being planned for the opening weekend of the Festival.