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Congo Square Rhythms Festival
March 3 @ 11:00 am - March 4 @ 7:30 pm UTC-6
Celebrating the New Orleans traditions that spring from the African diaspora, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival brings a joyful noise to the spot that those in the know consider the birthplace of American music.
Starting in the 18th Century and lasting for well over 100 years, Congo Square (or Place Congo) was where enslaved Africans and free people of color were permitted to gather on Sundays – enabling them to carry on their ancestral traditions of drumming and dance. It was also a gathering place and market square, quite famous around the world and, since 1993, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is arguably the location where African culture was implanted in the New World, influencing all of the jazz, gospel, blues and rock that put New Orleans on the map of the world’s most musically important cities.
The Congo Square Rhythms Festival combines live music, a large arts market and a Soul Food Court with special events to create a uniquely immersive experience.
And if you’re looking for beautiful, hand-made artworks and crafts by local artisans, look no further, be sure to check out their arts market. They’ll have more than two dozen vendors, offering fine art, photography, jewelry, clothing and housewares.
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