The season of summer has returned and is shining upon us warmth that has been anticipated on for the last couple of months. When you think of summer, many things may come to mind such as swimming, ice cream, picnics, BBQ and so much more. However, summer is officially the season where music festivals all over the world come into play and can leave a mark on many individuals lives. Being able to see some of your favorite artists in a huge musically line up can bring a sense of clarity, happiness, and of course fun. That is what I discovered from coming across a new festival taking place in the DMV on June 8th.
CultureFest is said to be one of the biggest cultural movements to hit the DMV. The fest includes live performances from many reggae icons like Aidonia, Romain Virgo & The Unit Band, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Soca Superstars Patrice Roberts and Skinny Fabulous, Afrobeats legend Timaya.
With afrobeats and reggae making waves and pushing towards the mainstream front in the United States, it is only right that this festival is meant to help build bridges and bring other cultures together.
There were still some things that I wanted to know about the makings of CultureFest and was able to have a brief discussion with one of the brand ambassadors on what makes CultureFest what it is.
How was CultureFest started? What inspired the creation of this event?
The DMV has some truly incredible festivals but CultureFest is the first cultural fusion of its kind to hit the area. The event was started to bring a high-end festival experience to people from all walks of life across our diverse communities. Founders Lawrence Cox and Freka Scott are both in the small business sector so they were able to see it fro two vantage points as a business as well as a patron.
Why was the decision made to make this festival solely for Reggae, Soca, and Afrobeats music?
Who doesn’t love Reggae, Soca, and Afrobeats music? Plus there is always such a mixture of ethnicities and cultures at Caribbean-Afro festivals which only adds to their appeal. Our first festival we wanted to focus on Caribbean-African community but this is just the beginning! We plan on highlighting a new region each year! Latin America, Asia, the possibilities are endless.
What’s the process of choosing who performs at the fest? How is the lineup put together?
The team selected some of the hottest international heavyweights to perform this year’s festival. All of the artists are so different and have their own style and energy. This year’s lineup is topped by Aidonia, Timaya, Romain Virgo & The Unity Band, Skinny Fabulous, Patrice Roberts, Tanto Metro & Devonte and Image Band! Plus, some of the areas top global djs!
Would this event be a way to educate people about Caribbean/African culture?
You know it! International experiences are essential to any form of education so why not use entertainment as a vehicle to inform!
Do you feel that this festival will help build a bridge and help bring communities together? Why or why not?
Absolutely! CultureFest is infusing the Caribbena-African community together for a day of unity and cross-learning. At the end of the day, we ALL come from Africa.
What can attendees look forward to?
Expect a day filled with amazing vibes and great energy! From top international artists, delicious food, amazing drinks to fashion and beautiful people! CultureFest has literaly something for everyone!
What do you hope for in regards to the future of CultureFest?
I would like to see CultureFest expand to a global movement across various cities around the world! Music is so powerful and brings people together no matter our differences!
CultureFest is surely to be an experience and filled with nothing but high and great energy.