Themed Harlem: Where the World Meets the World, this year’s Harlem Week events celebrates Harlem’s global presence and international legacy while honoring the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence; the 100th anniversaries of South Africa’s African National Congress and Japan’s Sakura Festival plus much more. Harlem Week 2012, New York City’s largest outdoor festival, celebrates the famed neighborhood with a spectacular line up of activities and events. This includes musical salutes to Harry Belafonte and the late Bob Marley; Soul Train and Don Cornelius; a Walk-A-Thon for peace; New York City Children’s Festival; International Auto Show, and much more.
On Saturday, August 18th, it’s “Summer In The City” featuring Part I of The NYC Children’s Festival from 12 noon – 6:00 PM. This family-friendly event will include exhibits, games, arts & crafts, cultural performances, free health testing and special surprise guest appearances from the Sesame Street characters. The Historic Black College Fair & Expo, The Dancing in The Street & Uptown Saturday Nite outdoor concerts celebrating Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of independence with salutes to music icon Harry Belafonte and the late Bob Marley hosted by WBLS FM radio personality Dahved Levy and more. The evening will end with the Harlem Week Outdoor Film Festival produced in concert with Imagenation screening of the hit documentary film “Marley.”
On Sunday, August 19th, Harlem Week 2012’s theme Harlem: Where the World Meets the World, comes to life with five (5) stages of live entertainment ; salutes to South Africa and Japan; special tributes to Nelson Mandela, Mariam Makeba, Hugh Masakela; and the music of Japan. Other activities include the Upper Manhattan Auto Show; the New York City Health Village; the Small Business Expo and Fair; international vending and exhibits. The day will also include a tribute to “Soul Train” & Don Cornelius with a spectacular dance party along 135th Street.