Wall Lowcountry Center Complex and Leonard Pavilion
Gullah Geechee Junkanoo - New Awareness: Culture, Connectedness, Hope
Brookgreen’s third Gullah Geechee Junkanoo will be Saturday, September 19, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Wall Lowcountry Center Complex. A Masquerade and Cultural Celebration, the event will feature music, children’s crafts, informational sessions, and cultural demonstrations.
Dress is colorful, casual, or Afro-centric. Junkanoo, a Bahamian festival of costumes, music, dance, and a celebration of freedom, traditionally held on New Year’s Day. Gullah Geechee culture is related to Bahamian and other cultures of the African Diaspora. Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Junkanoo celebrates heritage.
In an homage to the brightly colored and festival carnival masks usually worn for Junkanoo, we invite you to creatively make your own face mask or decorate and wear a disposable face mask in a festive theme! Disposable masks will be available at the festival. Health safety can be fun!
Entertainment, tours of Bethea's Garden, demonstrations by sweet grass basket makers and other artisans.
9:30 - 10:30 am - African Drumming and Dancing with Egbe Kilimanjaro
10:30 - 10:45 am - Pouring of Rice Libations
10:45 - 11:15 am - Presentation about Sankofa and Gullah Geechee language by Ron Daise
11:00 am - 2:30 pm - Paint tiles to promote peace, unity, reconciliation, or love
11:15 - 11:45 am - Saltwata Vibes Project with Sara Makeba Daise
11:45 am - 12:15 pm - Ancestors' Fingermarks Project with Paul Gabarini and Natalie Daise
12:15 - 12:45 pm - "The Beauty of Blackness" by Deon "DK" Turner
12:45 - 1:15 pm - Poetry Reading by Marlanda Dekine, Sapient Soul, poet
1:15 - 1:30 pm - Parade of Masks
1:30 - 2:00 pm - Presentation about Sankofa and Gullah Geechee language by Ron Daise
2:00 - 2:30 pm - Saltwata Vibes Project with Simeon Daise
2:30 - 3:00 pm - Ancestors' Fingermarks Project with Paul Garbarini and Natalie Daise
3:00 - 3:30 pm - "The Beauty of Blackness" by Deon "DK" Turner
Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium:
10:00 am - 4:30 pm - Gratitude Fiber Art Exhibit
11:00 - 11:15 am, 1:00 - 1:15 pm, and 2:00 - 2:15 pm - Artist Talk by Gratitude exhibit curator, Cookie Washington (12 guests per session)
Learning Lab One:
10:00 am - 4:30 pm - McKenzie Beach Memories - Art by Natalie Daise Exhibit
Lowcountry Center Program Shed:
11:30 - 11:50 am - Reading by Ron Daise of "McKenzie Beach Memories, A Children's Book for Adults, Too" by Johnny L. Ford
Tours of the Gullah Geechee Gaardin Exhibit
11:00 - 11:45 am, 12:00 - 12:45 pm, 1:00 - 1:45 pm, and 2:00 - 2:45 pm (10 guests per session)
Gullah Geechee Junkanoo Artisans Market
9:30 - 4:00 pm
The health and safety of our members, guests, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Like many public venues, we are asking our guests to observe social distancing guidelines and based on recommendations from SCDHEC and the CDC, we strongly recommend that our guests wear a mask or comparable face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while in the gardens in close proximity to others. In compliance with Georgetown County Emergency Ordinance 20-33, masks should always be used in any interior spaces, including public restrooms.