Harlem Week is a month long celebration of the diversity and culture of one of the world’s most famous neighborhoods – Harlem in New York City. In 1974, the idea of Harlem Day was created to pay tribute to the fascinating past and present of the neighborhood. A group of activists were intent on putting Harlem back on the map when it came to the cultural, religious and social development in the city. The one-day festivity soon gave way to Harlem Week – an event that slowly came to spread over the entire month of August each year. Today, this festival attracts over a million visitors who come to celebrate with locals.
This year’s Harlem Week will concentrate on the theme, ??Discover: Our Harlem??. Throughout the month of August, visitors can join in the festivities and pay tribute to Harlem-inspired cultural events. The first few days of Harlem Week will be taken up by the annual film festival that honors people of color who have contributed to the movie world. Every Thursday through Sunday, visitors can view ??The Tempest?? at the 3rd Annual Harlem Summer Shakespeare event.
Other exciting events include the New York City Children’s Festival that offers music, games, pony rides and petting zoos for the benefit of the neighborhood’s children. Senior citizens are also given their place of honor at the festival at the N.Y.C Senior Citizen’s Day in the middle of August. The ??Uptown Saturday Night?? event is something that should definitely not be missed – an outdoor cultural and arts festival to honor the village of Harlem – and that is free to the general public.
For a true experience of this wonderful, diverse New York location, the Harlem Week festival is definitely worth a visit in August! Check out NewYorkJourney.com for more on Harlem and the city’s history.
Click for the official site of Harlem Week.