The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a marathon of curated events that celebrates the contributions of people from across the African diaspora. We use theatre, visual art, music, and dance to tell our stories.
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's popular staged reading series features original works from the minds of some of the most prolific wordsmiths of our time! Writers have a rare opportunity to test or share original content for live stage and digital platforms (tv/film/web). Each reading gives patrons a glimpse into the development process and an opportunity to give feedback.
CALLING ALL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ENTREPRENEURS! The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's Creative Connections (CreativeCon) is a unique platform that intimately connects aspiring arts and entertainment entrepreneurs with influential experts and award-winning professionals through workshops, masterclasses, and panels.
Experience our version of "Black Friday"! Economic viability is a crucial pillar to building community. The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival's Afro-Expo Market and Art Gallery connects you with black owned businesses that offer a unique selection of visual, fine and wearable art. Start your holiday shopping early while keeping community based businesses in the "black"! Enjoy live entertainment, product demonstrations, food trucks and more! Admission is FREE with advanced registration. The ABTF Black Expo is sure to become one of your favorite things to do in Atlanta!
Each year the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is proud to present a prominent pioneer or introduce an emerging artist. Giving life to budding collectors and enthusiasts, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Gallery Talks include tips on art investing, history, and art appreciation.
Join us each day for an invigorating discussion of blacks in art across the African Diaspora. Admission is FREE with registration!
Spend all four power-packed days immersed in an incredible artistic experience which culminates into the closing gala, one of the hottest events in Atlanta theatre. Here we celebrate with a critically acclaimed performance. Then we pay tribute to celebrity legends who have paved the way for the next generation. This red carpet event is immediately followed by the reveal of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Favorite Award winners and a VIP After Glow (party)! Its perfect for those looking for extraordinary things to do in Atlanta to celebrate our stories!
Beyond the Return: An ABTF Arts and Cultural Pilgrimage
to Ghana - December 3 - 11, 2021
"It took two journeys and 52 days in Ghana, working tirelessly with arts and cultural leaders to carefully curate an incredible insider experience. You don't want to miss this pilgrimage!"
~Toni Simmons Henson
The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival collaborates with universities like South Carolina State, Fort Valley State and Georgia State. We provide hands on experiences, workshops and master classes for the next generation of African-American students seeking opportunities in creative careers. Several student are pictured here after a Tools of the Trade - Master Class with award winning artist, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah.
Georgia Standards of Excellence come alive at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival! Thanks to strong pARTnerships with corporations like PNC Bank, we present curriculum centered, historically themed plays. Each play is presented with a socially responsible message to students in public, private, charter and home schools. Tickets are subsidized for students.
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