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48th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

May 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The national award winning Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival has been a tradition in Durham for 47 years. This family oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions. Visit the Bimbé History page for information on how the festival has evolved throughout the years.

In early 1969, a group of African-American students from Duke University, North Carolina College at Durham, now North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and a host of community members met to plan a cultural arts festival for the residents of Durham. After months of planning, the first Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival was held in Duke Gardens.

The Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival was established in honor of the West African festival of harvest and celebration. After the season of harvest, entire villages would gather to give thanks through dance, praise and feasting. The hallmark of the festival is the spirit of sharing as each family or tribe shares its best fruits with the entire village. This tradition continues to be practiced in many villages throughout the Caribbean. It is from the Caribbean that Bimbé came to Durham through the leadership and inspiration of Gaberth St. John, a native of St. Thomas. A key feature of the early Bimbé Festivals was St. John’s drumming and the dancing of young people from Hayti, who usually performed the closing ceremonies by candle light.

Free parking will be available at the Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.


Carl Thomas

Carl Thomas

Chubb Rock

Chubb Rock

Bimbé Weekday Event  Schedule
Bimbé Block Party

Wednesday, May 17
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.

Bimbé Basketball Classic

Thursday, May 18
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Southern High School, 800 Clayton Rd. (Gymnasium)

Bimbé Teen Pool Party
Friday, May 19
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Campus Hills Pool, 2000 S. Alston Ave.


May 20, 2017
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Durham Parks and Recreation
(919) 560-4292 ext. 27372


Rock Quarry Park
701 Stadium Dr
Durham, NC 27704 United States
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