Goombay festival returns, Sept. 12-14

From a press release:

Goombay festival returns, Sept. 12-14

Western  North  Carolina’s  YMI  Cultural  Center  is  proud  to  announce  the  return  of  the  34th  annual   Goombay  Festival  on  September  12th  –  14th,  2014.  The  free  public  event  will  be  held  at  a  new   location  this  year  -­  Downtown  Asheville’s  Roger  McGuire  Green  on  Friday  and  Saturday.  On  Sunday,   September  14th,  the  public  is  invited  to  attend  a  celebration  of  Gospel  Music  held  at  the  Ray   Auditorium  located  in  the  YMI  Building  on  Eagle  Street.

This  year’s  Goombay  Festival  will  feature  an  eclectic  musical  lineup  of  national  and  regional  acts   celebrating  African  and  Caribbean  culture;  a  diverse  assortment  of  craft  and  food  vendors;  an   expanded  kids  area  complete  with  workshops  hosted  by  non-­profit  organization  LEAF  in  School  and   Streets;  dance  performances  and  competitions,  activations  by  local  non-­profits;  and  much  more.  A   full  lineup  of  music  of  activities  will  be  released  soon.

Goombay  2014  is  proud  to  participate  in  Michelle  Obama’s  national  Let’s  Move  initiative.  The  festival   will  support  this  campaign  by  hosting  healthy  food  and  movement  demonstrations.  African-­American   vegan  chef  and  author  Bryant  Terry  will  be  on  hand  with  recipes  and  demonstrations  that  explore  the   advantages  of  a  plant-­based  diet.  Terry’s  recipes  have  been  featured  in  Gourmet,  Food  and  Wine,   The  New  York  Times  Magazine,  Vibe  and  more.  Guest  yoga  instructor  Tyrone  Beverly  is  an   African-­American  leader  in  the  Denver  community  and  founder  of  Im’Unique  –  a  non-­profit  dedicated   to  uniting  communities  and  fostering  healthy  lifestyles.  Beverly’s  classes  are  designed  for  all  ages   and  skill  levels,  including  those  who  are  brand  new  to  yoga.

About  Goombay   The  City  of  Asheville  ranks  Goombay  as  one  of  four  local  anchor  events  where  families,  businesses,   and  communities  from  across  the  Western  North  Carolina  region  gather  to  celebrate  the  richness   and  diversity  of  the  African  Diaspora.  The  festival  attracts  over  10,000  people  throughout  the  weekend   and  garners  national  media  coverage.  Goombay  lives  up  to  its  West  African  name  meaning  of   “rhythm  or  drum”  with  eclectic  sounds,  vibrant,  multicolored  sights  and  the  tantalizing  aroma  of  exotic   foods  reflecting  a  multiplicity  of  cultures  and  traditions.

About  The  YMI  Cultural  Center   The  YMI  opened  its  doors  in  1893  as  the  Young  Men’s  Institute.  The  institute  was  erected  as  a   location  for  black  men  to  improve  their  moral  fiber  through  self-­governance.  The  YMI  prides  itself  in   reflecting  on  its  rich  history.    For  more  information,  please  visit  The  YMI  Cultural  Center  website:

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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