The 52n Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival will take place Saturday, May 21st, 2022, from 1 to 7 p.m., at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive, Durham.
This festival is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts and traditions.
This is a FREE event for all ages.
The event includes:
- Live music
- Family Fun Zone
- Arts and Crafts
- Community Resources
- Ethnic Food
- Local Talent
Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Main Stage Performances
- 1 p.m. Welcome: Grand Re-Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting for Rock Quarry Park, Salute to Elders Parade and Dance Presentation – African American Dance Ensemble
- 1:45 p.m. Kiing Le & Iconic Truth Band
- 2:45 p.m. Bimbé History Lesson
- 3 p.m. Niito
- 4 p.m. Hometown Heroes Presentation, Theta Phi Delta Step Team, Hometown Heroes Presentation
- 4:30 p.m. The Mint Condition Tribute Show Band
- 5:30 p.m. DJ Medley
- 6 p.m. Headliner Performance – Sunshine Anderson and Mario
Family Fun Zone
- Drum Circles
- Arts & Crafts
- Face Painting
- Book giveaway
Bimbé Weekday Celebrations
Leading up to the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival will be a series of weekday celebrations. These events are free as well:
Bimbé Community Block Party
Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
6 to 8 p.m.
Holton Career and Resource Center Athletic Field
401 N. Driver Street
Come out and enjoy free music, community performances, dancing, and games for the whole family! Activities will include bingo, a bounce house, 3 on 3 basketball, arts and crafts, games and recreational activities. Book Harvest will be giving away books and free haircuts will be offered on a first come first served basis from 5-7pm. Come hungry and visit one of the food vendors selling hotdogs and Italian ice.
Bimbé Cypher at the Bull (Organized by OnlyUs Media)
Thursday, May 19th, 2022
7 to 9 p.m.
CCB Plaza, 201 N Corcoran Street
Every Friday night, Med City Cypher gathers youth in downtown Durham in front of the bronze “Major” bull statue to rap, sing, make beats, and create community together. It is named the MED CITY CYPHER because it takes place in Durham, the City of Medicine, and because the weekly ritual is deeply medicinal. At the cypher, youth are challenged to improvise and think on their toes and to build self-confidence and empathy. It’s group therapy through Hip Hop! OnlyUs Media has partnered with Durham Parks & Recreation to hold a special Bimbe Cypher at the Bull. Mr. Kevin Rowsey is leading this awesome event.
- Sign up to participate on-site
- All ages welcome to participate
- No cursing
Bimbé Teen Pool Party
Friday, May 20th, 2022
7:30 10:30 p.m.
Campus Hills Pool, 2000 South Alston Avenue
Teens! Come celebrate the end of the school year and kick off the summer right at Campus Hills Teen Pool Party! There will be games, music, food, and give-a-ways! Grab your friends to cool off at the pool and turn up to the sound of the beat. Participants must wear appropriate pool attire. Participants 18 years old will be asked to present a valid high school ID in order to participate.
Check out a big list of summer festivals in the Triangle, or take a quick look at a few here: