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The Harambee Black Arts Festival

Breathing Life Into the Community

The Harambee Black Arts Festival is a major community sponsored art and cultural event that takes place annually in Homewood. The festival kicks off yearly with a parade and hosts a variety of food and retail vendors, live music and dance performances, nonprofit organization information tables, the Children’s Village, and a mobile art gallery.

In 1967, the Homewood organization Together Inc. hosted the first Harambee Black Arts Festival and ignited a Black Arts Movement in Pittsburgh. While a cultural legacy was built, a platform for Black artists to market their work and spur economic and social development also formed. What began in 1967 as a street performance has grown into an iconic event that promotes African American talent and celebrates community togetherness. The festival is the first of its kind to be held in Pittsburgh and was once the third largest Black Arts Festival in the nation. The Harambee Black Arts Festival celebrates 50 years in 2017.

The Legacy Art Gallery

The Legacy Art Gallery is a mobile arts gallery that promotes both emerging and established artists in an effort to build bridges between the local African American and greater Pittsburgh art communities.

The Harambee Neighborhood Market

Growers, crafters, and artisans alike have the opportunity to sell and trade their merchandise at the Harambee Neighborhood Market.

The Harambee Legacy Project

The Harambee Legacy Project establishes a local collection of historical material documenting the Black Arts Movement in Pittsburgh.


Homewood is a predominantly African American neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, officially divided into three neighborhoods: Homewood North, Homewood South and Homewood West bordered on the southwest by the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway which follows the old Pennsylvania Railroad line toward downtown Pittsburgh. Homewood has many organizations and churches that provide services to residents of the community. Homewood is currently in a revitalization phase and the annual Harambee festival is a celebration of its past and future.

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Activities include The Soul-Stepping Parade, Children’s Activities, an Art Gallery with Open-Mic, 2 Stages with Live Music, Retail & Food Vendors, and Wellness Workshops!

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