Newark, NJ – November 9, 2023—Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that the City of Newark will observe Angola Independence Day with two events in Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street (enter on Green Street), on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12.
“Newark is enriched by the vibrant culture and proud heritage of our Angolan residents,” Mayor Baraka said. “Among their many influences, these neighbors infuse our community with the artistic spirit that permeates their lifestyle, and with the high value they place on family and kinship. It is an honor to recognize our Angolan residents and I congratulate all who participate in this celebration and the artistic activities that contribute to a worldwide vision of peace.”
Hosted by Newark’s Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Saturday’s event from noon to 3 p.m. will celebrate Angola’s Independence Day by bringing local youth together to paint a quilt of peace. Guided by visual artist Andrece Brady, the children’s art will become a mixed-media community quilt to be exhibited at the Biennial of Angola’s capital Luanda. The Luanda event will highlight a Cultural Forum of PanAfrican Peace. On Saturday, Brady will be assisted by local artists Eleven K. Muldro and Jay Golden.
On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Newark’s International Relations & Diaspora Affairs will host the Angolan flag raising ceremony, followed by “Sounds of Angola” featuring international DJ Nadus and Angolan DJ Karlos Boss. Food and refreshments will be provided.