Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance Kwanzaa Marketplace

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance Kwanzaa Marketplace

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance is excited to share in the season of giving with its first Kwanzaa Marketplace, an opportunity for the Brooklyn community to gather, share and learn. It’s the first time ever Cumbe is offering the community of Brooklyn a space to not only dance, but to also support the rich culture and creativity of the Diaspora in the form of a marketplace. While vendors will share their wares, toys, elixirs and art, patrons will indulge in a mosaic of activities including dance demonstrations, arts and crafts, gift-making workshops, massages, live music with Batalá NYC and an immersive Kwanzaa learning experience.

Vendors include Brooklyn Tea, which is celebrating its first full year in Bed Stuy, Bree & Milly beauty products, Mil Mundos Books, a community bilingual bookstore, and many more artisans offering handmade jewelry, food, spiritual services and more.

“Cumbe is devoted to supporting the entire African Diaspora culture and its creators, including artisans,” says Senior Program Director, Kendra J. Ross. “Small businesses and makers play a great role in African Diasporic communities and we are committed to highlighting holistic participation of all aspects of our community to our community. Since Cumbe aims to educate through varying ways, the marketplace serves as a space where people can learn about Kwanzaa, its principles, how to create, examples of entrepreneurship/self-determination and community.”

Cumbe is a place for the community to learn, grow and share. Through events and gatherings like the Kwanzaa Marketplace, we hope to unify Bed Stuy and the larger Brooklyn community as we celebrate the beauty, diversity and influence of Africa and its diaspora in our lives.

The Cumbe Kwanzaa Marketplace will take place at 1368 Fulton Street, within the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza on two Sundays – December 1 & 22 from 3:00-6:00pm.

Light refreshments will be served. Entrance is a $10 suggested donation.

We look forward to seeing you there! Visit www.cumbedance.org for more information.

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