22nd Annual FREE VOODOOFEST
Saturday, October 31, 2020
1 PM – 7 PM
Closing Ancestral Ritual at 7 PM
Full Events Schedule Below
Click here to view our collection of past VOODOOFEST Posters
Where: Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans Cultural Center & Collection - 612 rue Dumaine in the French Quarter
Who: Internationally Revered Haitian Vodou Priestess Mambo Maggie, Ghanaian Priest & Master Drummer Osofo Andrew, Award Winning Local Musicians Sunpie Barnes & Luther Gray of Bamboula 2000, Sister Sula Janet Evans, Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, Published Author & Marie Laveaux Researcher Dr. Ina Fandrich, New Orleans Voodoo Priest & Published Author Belfazaar Ashantison, Haitian-Initiated Vodou Priest Houngan Jesse, Local Artist & Musician Extraordinaire Amzie Adams and the Voodoo Authentica Ritual Troupe!
What is VOODOOFEST?
VOODOOFEST is our FREE annual festival, held EVERY Halloween, which celebrates the Voodoo religion's many important contributions to New Orleans' traditions. VOODOOFEST’s primary goals are to honor the Ancestors, educate the public about this widely misunderstood religion & to preserve and celebrate the unique Spiritual & Cultural Heritage of New Orleans.
Activities All Day:
Educational & Cultural Presentations, Book Signings, Practitioner-Made Potion Oils & Gris Gris Bags, Over 100 varieties of locally handmade Voodoo Dolls & Crafts, Spiritual Work & Consultations, New Orleans, African & Haitian Art, Free Refreshments and more. Ancestral Ritual at 7 PM
We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!
Thanks & Blessings,
Brandi C. Kelley
VOODOOFEST Producer - 504.522.2111
P.S.: Admission to VOODOOFEST is FREE. Your donations help us to keep it free and are GREATLY appreciated! Don't forget to pick up your collectable VOODOOFEST 2020 Poster. This year's poster by acclaimed local artist, Amzie Adams, promises to be a memorable addition to the collection. Every sale helps to support VOODOOFEST.
VOODOOFEST 2020 EVENTS SCHEDULE
1 PM: OPENING CEREMONY with Amzie Adams, led by Mambo Maggie & our family of initiated Priests.
1:30 PM: Ghanaian Priest & Master Drummer, Osofo Andrew, speaks about the importance of embracing diversity and shares Spiritual songs from his native country.
2 PM: New Orleans Voodoo Priest, Belfazaar Ashantison, published author of, "Beneath the Sheltering Oak," & "Voodoo Through My Eyes," speaks about his close relationship to the Ancestors & how They assist him in his work as a Spiritual Consultant & Root Worker.
2:30 PM: Mambo Maggie shares stories and speaks about the enduring "Legacy of Love" passed down by her Mother, internationally revered Vodou Priestess, Mama Lola.
3 PM: Haitian-Initiated Cajun Voodoo Priest, Jesse Brunet, a true Louisiana original, speaks about the fascinating history of the Cajun people and the tremendous contributions they've made to our local history & culture.
3:30 PM: New Orleans Voodoo Practitioner, Licensed Tour Guide & Intuitive Reader, Mam'zelle Kamille, shares spine-tingling ghost stories and enticing French Quarter lore.
4 PM: Published author, academic & initiated Mambo, Dr. Ina Fandrich, speaks about the life & times of our Great Ancestor, Voodoo Queen Mam'zelle Marie Laveaux.
4:30 PM: Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson, of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, gives us a feminine insider's view of the uniquely New Orleans Mardi Gras/Black Masking tradition through her moving interactive presentation.
5 PM: Nana Sula, author of “Spirit of the Orisha” takes us on a soul filled musical journey into the world of the African Spirit Forces, sharing the meaning and beauty of Orisha songs.
5:30 PM: Internationally renowned local musician & historian, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, shares Louisiana stories while performing some of his most popular songs.
6:15 PM: Bring your drums (and your clapping hands) for African Drumming 101! Award winning percussionist, Luther Gray, of Bamboula 2000, discusses the African roots of our locally beloved rhythms. Everyone is asked to participate & learn a few basic beats.
7 PM: CLOSING ANCESTRAL HEALING RITUAL with Mambo Maggie, Voodoo Authentica's extended family of initiated Priests and YOU!