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Pan African Film Festival: ArtsFEST Brings Out Hollywood to Crenshaw

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Crenshaw District, Los Angeles—The Pan African Film Festival’s ArtsFEST is now open through Feb. 20 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. Admission is free.

PAFF’s ArtFEST features over 100  established and emerging fine artists and unique craftspeople of African, Caribbean, and Black descent over a monumental 12-day cultural experience and festival during Black History Month in Los Angeles.

“With an artistic aesthetic that is rooted in Africa and its Diaspora, featured artists present their creative works using oil on canvas, watercolor and pastels, acrylic paper, glass, ceramics, metal, cloth, plastic, wax, wire, leather, and stone. In addition to fine art and one-of-a-kind crafts, the ArtFest also features the best in designer and traditional fashions, jewelry, home decor, fashion accessories and more.”


Following a meet-and-greet for “Tab Time,” her preschool YouTube series, author and actress Tabitha Brown was among several celebrities who attended PAFF’s ArtFEST Sat. Feb. 11. Angela Bassett and Danny Glover were amongst other film icons also in attendance.

The PAFF ArtFEST is sponsored in part by grants from The Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) presents and showcases a broad spectrum of Black creative works that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans.

Since 1992, PAFF has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Today, PAFF is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences.

In addition, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action films, and one of the largest Black History Month events in America.

PAFF is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell through the Department of Arts and Culture, LA Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, LA Councilmember Curren Price, LA Councilmember Heather Hutt, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund with the California Community Foundation, and the LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture.  

This year’s PAFF is presented by Stocker Street Creative, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, and FX Networks.

For more information, please visit paff.org.

Photos Via: PAFF

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