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Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group

"Telling Our Story, Claiming Our Glory"

KOTC Logo (C) 1996 Columbus Knox

Welcome to our events page where we gather, collaborate & 

participate with friends of Keepers Of The Culture, Inc. 


We hope you will take time to be informed about our enriching community

 organizations and events in Philadelphia and surrounding areas!

SPECIAL EVENTS & FRIENDS OF KOTC

KOTC MEETING & STORY CIRCLE

MONTHLY - 2nd Saturday

2018

JUNE 9 :  JULY 14 : AUGUST 11 : SEPTEMBER 8 : OCTOBER 13 : NOVEMBER 10 : DECEMBER 8


10:15 AM - 12:30 PM


2nd Saturdays of the month, KOTC circle ups at this popular vegetarian haven in West Philly.  Business updates, share stories and song swap!

Join us to break bread together, welcome new members and enjoy a organically good time at our life member's restaurant, Atiya Ola's!

KOTC LOVE NIGHT 2018

KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE'S ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF BLACK LOVE

A storytelling concert for adult audiences.

! SAVE THE DATE ! 

JULY 28, 2018 - Saturday

"EVERLASTING LOVE"

A tribute of Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee

TELLERS: TBA

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The Center of Peace

1750 Ashbourne

(Elkins Park)

Philadelphia, PA


Celebration of Black Arts Festival

During the month of MAY - ART SANCTUARY hosts a month long celebration of art exhibits, literary lectures, conferences on Black Arts & Culture. Over the years, KOTC storytellers are often featured in the sanctuary's celebrations. 

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF PHILADELPHIA

KOTC opened the 34th Annual Black Storytelling Conference & Festival in 2016 at the prestigious AAMP.


KOTC members are often called on to present for children's events, historical re-enactments, festivals and special programs to educate and entertain.

WEST PARK ART FESTIVAL 2018

JUNE 9, 2018 - SATURDAY - 12pm - 5pm

Presented by West Park Cultural Center, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Mural Arts Philadelphia

The  11th annual West Park Arts Fest will take place in West Fairmount Park on South Concourse Drive. This free event will feature three stages with  live music, dance, storytelling, and special events for children.   

ODUNDE FESTIVAL

 

JUNE 10, 2018 : ODUNDE  was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur. The festival attracts UP TO 500,000  people annually and is the largest African  American street  festivals held in the country.

The festival, whose  concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa,  celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and  Africanized people around the world. 

JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL

JUNE 16, 2018  Saturday - 11 am - 8pm

Built in 1768, the Johnson House was one of Germantown’s oldest existing year-round homes which served as a major stop on the Underground Railroad.


Celebrate Juneteenth with friends and family in Philadelphia with food & clothing, arts & craft vendors, a youth village, re-enactors and more!


TRIBUTE TO THE DRUM!

12 noon - 7pm

Ngoma’s Tribute to the Drum’s, 

17th Annual Celebration 

Family, Friends and Neighbor’s 

Bring your drum, instrument of celebration!


Location: Stenton Park

1799 West Courtland Street. 

Philadelphia PA, 19140

Free Family Friendly Event!

WAWA WELCOME AMERICA!

JULY  

Welcome America is a multi-day festival with FREE multicultural and multi-generational events celebrating America’s birthday in America’s birthplace – Philadelphia.


 The citywide festival is jam packed with multiple fireworks displays, free concerts, free museum days, community events, free outdoor movie screenings, block parties and more!

CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL

August, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia

On August 25, 1991, the Caribbean Festival Committee (“CFC”) presented  the 5th Annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania.   Antigua & Barbuda,  Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, and  Trinidad & Tobago, was later joined by St. Kitts and Grenada in  1992.

 In 1993, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands came aboard.  Additionally, we now have Guyana, Panama, Bahamas and St. Lucia. Family oriented with Caribbean foods, clothing and live music! 

NEW JERSEY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

September 15, 2018 - Saturday  : Keepers Of The Culture , Patchwork  and New Jersey Network Storytellers hit the haystacks, barns, fields and rolling hills of the HOWELL LIVING HISTORY FARM in Lambertsville, New Jersey.  Oni Lasana as Granny Goose performed and served as one of the judges of the story slam. MC - Patchwork President, Denise McCormack, with judges NJSN's Carol Titus & friend.

24th Annual International Locks Conference, Wholistic Health & Beauty Expo!

OCTOBER 6 & 7th 2018 - Saturday & Sunday

We invite you to mark your calendars now for Philadelphia's annual showcase of roots & culture with wholistic health, lectures, fabulous vendors and family fun!

24th Annual International Locks Conference

Natural Hair, Wholistic Health, and Beauty Expo


FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA

October is "Sunday's on Stage" at the beautiful Parkway Library. The first library in the nation!  

KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE'S 27th ANNUAL FAMILY DAY CONCERT!

Presenting: "AIN'T THAT FUNNY" 

SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 28, 2018

SUNDAY @ 2PM

A themed showcase with storytelling from all areas of African and African American culture. We bring it all home with Ananci, Aesop, Songs Of Freedom and more!

 FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 

NABS 36th Festival & Conference 2018

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK STORYTELLERS INC. FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

October 31st - November 4, 2018

Cary, North Carolina

The premier showcase & authentic voice of Black Storytelling!

Fabulous Performances & Workshops

Theme:

Our Storytelling Fabric:

"Weaving Tales From The Dismal Swap to Moral Monday Marches"

TELLABRATION 2018

NOVEMBER 18, 2018 - SUNDAY  

Parkway Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Since 1988 when J.G. "Paw-Paw" Pinkerton came up with the idea, this national event is the highlight of many storytelling organization's programming across the USA and abroad.


PATCHWORK, A STORYTELLING GUILD with KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE storytellers, presents "SILVER & GOLD...STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD"

 The telling of favorite folktales edited and published by Patchwork's co-founder and Philly's own storyteller and librarian Barbara Baumgartner.


IT'S KWANZAA TIME!

December 29 - January 1st 

KOTC Annual Celebration is held across the tri-state of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware!


KOTC LOCATIONS: TBA in November


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MONTHLY : 2nd Saturday


2018

JUNE 9 : JULY 14 : AUGUST 11 : SEPTEMBER 8 : OCTOBER 13 : NOVEMBER 10 : DECEMBER 8


10:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Voice:  267-761-1433


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"Bring a friend, a story, a poem, a song, musical instrument & sound the drum! 

Join with KOTC to share the glory of  our story!

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ATIYA OLA'S SPIRIT FIRST FOODS


310 South 48th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143

 

AYA the Adinkra symbol of endurance and resourcefulness. 

The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. 

"An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured 

many adversities and outlasted much difficulty." 

(Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)


With YOU : KOTC grows!

KOTC is a non-profit organization.

Your generous tax-deductible donations will fund our mission. 


Your contribution will also allow us 

to offer quality arts-in-education programs to under served schools 

and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and in the PA, NJ, DE tri-state area.

 

KOTC accept checks or money orders via  KOTC  P. O. Box 15083, Phila. PA 19130.


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Asante Sana!  - Thank you!

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