CultureFest DMV is an international movement that celebrates food, music, fashion, and dance. On June 8, 2019, CultureFest DMV will kick-off its inaugural event in the United States. Freka Scott, Co-Founder of CultureFestival has a deeply rooted family history in Clarendon and has future plans to bring the festival home.
Performances will be influenced by the cultures of the Caribbean and the African diaspora. Reggae and Soca icons such as Aidonia, Romain Virgo, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Patrice Roberts, Skinny Fabulous, along with Afrobeats sensation Timaya from Nigeria.
The mission of CultureFest DMV is to bring communities together through unifying concepts such as philanthropy, food, and music. A portion of the festivals’ proceeds will be dedicated to two organizations that are near and dear to our guests of honor, Dorothy Toran, Executive Producer of The NJ Housewives and The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio.
The New Hope Horizon Foundation has partnered with Mrs. Bio and the #HandsOffOurGirls campaign. This campaign will implement many programs and projects to assist the disadvantaged youth and women with attaining a formal education so they will not be forced into early marriage and rape.
Dorothy Toran is a Brand Ambassador of The Lupus Foundation of America and a portion of the proceeds will assist in raising funds to support the Lupus Foundation of America’s Stem Cell Research Project to improve the quality of life for people living with Lupus. In honor of her sister, Dorothy is carrying the torch to shed light on Lupus and how it affects the African Diaspora.
“It was important to curate a festival this size and scale to have non-profit partners to work with as well. It’s a two-way street of reciprocity and we’re excited to work with both The Lupus Foundation of America/Color Me Happy & The New Horizon Foundation #HandsOffOurGirls initiatives,” says Freka Scott, CultureFest Co-Founder & CEO Jigg Entertainment.
Sponsors include but Yelp, A thousand Words Photobooth, Shinju Wiskey, E Server Wine, Art of Noize Art Gallery, Judy’s Island Grill, DC Now Events and more.
“We created CultureFest because we wanted to bring a high-end festival experience to people from all walks of life across our diverse communities. Being in the small business sector we were able to see it from two vantage points as a business as well as a patron,” says Lawrence Cox, CultureFest Founder.