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Pinkster: A Celebration of Resilience and Community

Sun, Jun 2, 2024 @ 12:00 pm 6:00 pm

Step into the vibrant tapestry of early 17th-century New York and experience the rich cultural heritage of Pinkster, a festival deeply rooted in the resilience and resistance of enslaved Africans. 

Immerse yourself in the history of Pinkster, a festival that provided a rare opportunity for enslaved Africans to gather, rest, and celebrate their cultural traditions. Originally, the Dutch observance of Pentecost, Pinkster was transformed by generations of African and African-American communities into a vibrant expression of our own identity. 

Come experience Pinkster’s sights, sounds, and flavors through musical performances, traditional dances, games, art-making, and delicious food reflecting Black foodways and folkways. Engage with our esteemed partners, Chief Baba Neil Clarke, the Pinkster Players, and friends as they share insights into the history and significance of Pinkster and its enduring legacy.

Let’s us honor the resilience and strength of New York’s enslaved peoples, celebrate their contributions to our cultural tapestry, and reaffirm our commitment to preserving their stories for generations to come.

Mark your calendars and join us for a memorable experience!

Sunday, June 2 

12pm – 6pm

We will celebrate dual Pinkster programs with our friends at Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park this year! FREE shuttle buses will run between Lefferts House and Weeksville on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from 12:30pm – 5:30pm. For more information about Leffert’s Pinkster celebration click here

This program is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council Member Chi Ossé.