Our Festivals

The Chattanooga Festivals of Black Arts & Ideas (CFBA&I) are ongoing festival series highlighting and celebrating extraordinary artists of African descent in the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film and literature.

August Wilson Playmakers Festival

August Wilson, a playmaking giant, achieved success as a playwright and author, winning Pulitzers and Tonys. We honor his legacy by showcasing powerful theatrical productions  that capture  the African American experience and recognizing those on stage and back stage that help bring them to life.

August Wilson Playmakers Festival

August Wilson Playmakers Festival

August Wilson, a playmaking giant, achieved success as a playwright and author, winning Pulitzers and Tonys. We honor his legacy by showcasing powerful theatrical productions  that capture  the African American experience and recognizing those on stage and back stage that help bring them to life.

Elizabeth Catlett Visual Arts Exhibitions

Elizabeth Catlett, a pivotal figure in Black art, fused brilliance with activism, depicting the strength, resilience, and beauty of the Black experience. We honor her legacy by exhibiting and discussing the impact of diverse visual artworks reflecting social activism and Black identity.

Elizabeth Catlett Visual Arts Exhibitions

Elizabeth Catlett Visual Arts Exhibitions

Elizabeth Catlett, a pivotal figure in Black art, fused brilliance with activism, depicting the strength, resilience, and beauty of the Black experience. We honor her legacy by exhibiting and discussing the impact of diverse visual artworks reflecting social activism and Black identity.

James Baldwin Festival of Words

James Baldwin, a literary luminary, reshaped Black art through powerful prose. We honor his legacy by curating discussions, showcasing voices, and promoting literary works across all genres, particularly those delving into the complexities of race, identity, and social justice.

James Baldwin Festival of Words

James Baldwin Festival of Words

James Baldwin, a literary luminary, reshaped Black art through powerful prose. We honor his legacy by curating discussions, showcasing voices, and promoting literary works across all genres, particularly those delving into the complexities of race, identity, and social justice.

Katherine Dunham Juba Dance Festival

Katherine Dunham, a pioneering dancer, infused African and Caribbean influences into modern dance, challenging racial barriers. We honor her legacy with vibrant dance performances, preserving African choreography through education and promoting excellence in dance.

Katherine Dunham Juba Dance Festival

Katherine Dunham Juba Dance Festival

Katherine Dunham, a pioneering dancer, infused African and Caribbean influences into modern dance, challenging racial barriers. We honor her legacy with vibrant dance performances, preserving African choreography through education and promoting excellence in dance.

Legacy Music Festival

The Legacy Music Festival celebrates the profound influence of the global African diaspora on music, spanning jazz, blues, gospel, and beyond. Rooted in resilience, Black music transcends borders, shaping global culture. Join us in honoring this rich heritage that fosters connections, understanding, and appreciation, making it an indispensable force in the world of music.

Legacy Music Festival

Legacy Music Festival

The Legacy Music Festival celebrates the profound influence of the global African diaspora on music, spanning jazz, blues, gospel, and beyond. Rooted in resilience, Black music transcends borders, shaping global culture. Join us in honoring this rich heritage that fosters connections, understanding, and appreciation, making it an indispensable force in the world of music.

Oscar Micheaux Black Film Festival

Oscar Micheaux, a trailblazing filmmaker, created over 40 films addressing social issues and portraying complex Black characters. We honor his legacy by showcasing films fostering authentic Black storytelling in front and behind the camera with a commitment to continued innovation in Black cinema.

Oscar Micheaux Black Film Festival

Oscar Micheaux Black Film Festival

Oscar Micheaux, a trailblazing filmmaker, created over 40 films addressing social issues and portraying complex Black characters. We honor his legacy by showcasing films fostering authentic Black storytelling in front and behind the camera with a commitment to continued innovation in Black cinema.