08 Feb 2016
Over 100 artists and craftspeople adorned the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall with African art and fashion during the Pan African Film and Arts Festival. I was thrilled about the wide variety of clothing created from beautiful African fabrics, artistic flair in the jewelry selections, unique talent of the visual artists and the feeling of being in an actual African market place.
Tens of thousands of visitors flock to the mall every year during the film and arts festival to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces made by skilled craftsmen and women. The vendors are extremely knowledgeable about the products they sell because they are usually the creators. Every booth I visited gave me a taste of Africa and the Diaspora. I exchanged contact info with every craftsperson I purchased items from because their work was simply too amazing to not to. Everyone planning on visiting the ArtFEST should definitely start an “ArtFEST Savings” plan early because the choices are many and all so drool-inspiring!