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Festival programs

Live Performances

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a world- class celebration of Africans across the diaspora! Our curated selection of full-length performances provide a rich continuum of storytelling traditions that authentically honor our heritage.  One visit to this event popularly known as the festival of "40 plays in 4 days" and it's guaranteed to become one of your favorite things to do in Atlanta!  

 October  3- 6, 2018 

Reader's Theatre Series

Our popular staged readings feature original works from the minds of some of the most prolific wordsmiths of our time!  Dramatic writers have a rare opportunity to introduce and test their new works for live theatre and digital platforms.  Each reading is followed by a "talk back" as time permits.  

In just six short years, we're proud to be listed by MyAJC.com among the  "Best Fall Festivals" in Atlanta metro and "Can't Miss Fall Festival" by the Atlanta Convention and Visitors' Bureau. 

 October  3- 6, 2018 

Creative Connections for Artists

Creative Connections for Artists is a  unique platform that intimately connects the experts (and even industry legends) with aspiring artists.  From Atlanta to New York to Los Angeles, the barriers to entry and challenges remain. You can glean from their wisdom as they teach and share how--during our engaging master classes and round table discussions. Come soak in the inspiration from those who've paved the way--authentically and un-apologetically. 

October  3- 5, 2018 

Int'l Vendor & Artist Market

Economic viability is a crucial pillar to building community. Our International Vendor and Artists Market connects you with African-American proprietors offering a unique selection of fine and wearable art.  Begin your holiday shopping early in October while keeping community based business in the Black!

 October  3- 6, 2018 

Celebrity Gala & Awards Ceremony

After four power packed days of the most incredible theatre, panels, shopping and more, this "love fest" ends with a star studded gala that includes a critically acclaimed live performance!  This is when we take the time to pay homage to legendary artists who've paved the way for the next generation. This tribute is immediately followed by the reveal of the Festival Favorite Award winners. We end it all "turnt up" with a VIP after party!

 October 6, 2018 

Youth Engagement

We're reaching our youth... 

Partnerships with universities like South Carolina State and Georgia State, provide hands on experiences to the next generation of African-American students seeking opportunities in creative careers. 

Additonally, art organizations and business collaborations with Landmindz, Inc. and PNC Bank allow us to present thought provoking dramatic inspiration to students in public schools.

Author's Cafe

This year, we are expanding our platform to provide opporutunities for self-published authors! We've partnered with Divine Garden Press Publishers, a black owned publishing firm to expand and enterain your literary palette by connecting you with community griots. The Author's Cafe will give you an opportunity engage with phenomenal authors who dare to share their stories. The book signings are free and open to the public with a reservation (due to limited seating). Come and join in the fun and allow them to introduce their newly released works.  

October  3- 6, 2018

ABTF Children's Playfest

The nation's only Afro-centric play festival promoting positive images through the arts for youth age 5-12!  Ideal for youth groups or family fun, the Children's PlayFest kicks off with a workshop entitleed "Speak Up, Your Voice Matters" taught by a guest teaching artist. The children then engage in fun theatre games that promote public speaking and acting skills. Each child has a chance to win amazing prizes and gifts. This memorable day of high energy ends with a "fun-tastic" family production underscored by an historical theme or principle that's sure to provoke after thought and conversation! 

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 

Futlon County West End Performing Arts Center 

945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd

Atlanta, GA 30310


ABTF Encore!


You asked for it. You've got it! We're bringing you the "Best of the Fest" each spring.  

Next up: Encore by Danai Gurira 

April 12 - 22, 2018

Main Events: October 3 - 6, 2018

(All events take place at the Porter Sanford III PAC unless specified otherwise.)

3181 Rainbow Drive

Decatur, GA 30084

Free parking!

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