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The International Black Theatre Festival Returns to Winston-Salem

Are you ready for six days of performances featuring Black artists and directors? The International Black Theatre Festival returns to Winston-Salem from July 29 – August 3, 2024!

June 7, 2024


A stage show at the International Black Theatre Festival.
Photo courtesy of the International Black Theatre Festival


What Is the International Black Theatre Festival?

Despite its name, the International Black Theatre Festival showcases more than just theatrical performances! The biennial event also features films, spoken word poetry, youth programming, workshops, discussions, and a vendor’s market. The festival brings together Black creatives from across the US and the globe.

This year, the festival features 20+ different shows and over 120 performances during its six-day run.


How Did the International Black Theatre Festival Start?

According to American Theatre, Larry Leon Hamlin and Herman LeVern Jones organized the first festival in 1989, back when it was known as the National Black Theatre Festival. The original festival saw support from people like Maya Angelou, the award-winning poet and author.

Despite having raised only $5,000 ten weeks before opening night, over 10,000 people attended the inaugural festival.


What Performances Are Coming This Year?

Key performances to watch for are Coconut Cake starring former soap opera star Nathan Purdee, A Motown Celebration with Chester Gregory, and festival favorite A Taste of Soul.

You can check out the other performances and purchase your tickets here! Performances will take place in various venues across the city such as the Milton Rhodes Center and the Benton Convention Center.


Do you have friends planning to visit from out of town for the festival? Take them on a tour of Winston-Salem using our weekend trip guide!



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