20th Annual FREE VOODOOFEST
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
1 PM – 7 PM
Closing Ancestral Ritual at 7 PM
Full Events Schedule Below
Click here to view our full collection of past VOODOOFEST Posters
Where: Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans Cultural Center & Collection - 612 rue Dumaine in the French Quarter
Who: Internationally Revered Haitian Voodoo Priests Houngan Jean Francois Innocent and Mambo Maggie, Acclaimed Author and Chief Priestess Luisah Teish, Award Winning Local Musicians Sunpie Barnes & Luther Gray of Bamboula 2000, Master Haitian Drummer Houngan Piterson, Sister Sula Janet Evans, Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, New Orleans’ own Voodoo Priest Doctor Glover, Published Author & Marie Laveaux Researcher Dr. Ina Fandrich, New Orleans Voodoo Priest & Published Author Belfazaar Ashantison, Haitian-Initiated Vodou Priest Houngan Jesse, Local Artist & Musician Extraordinaire Amzie Adams and the Voodoo Authentica Ritual Troupe!
What is VOODOOFEST?
VOODOOFEST is our FREE annual festival, held EVERY Halloween, which celebrates the Voodoo religion's many important contributions to New Orleans' traditions. VOODOOFEST’s primary goals are to honor the Ancestors, educate the public about this widely misunderstood religion & to preserve and celebrate the unique Spiritual & Cultural Heritage of New Orleans.
Activities All Day:
Educational & Cultural Presentations, Book signings, Practitioner-Made Potion Oils & Gris Gris Bags, Over 100 varieties of locally handmade Voodoo Dolls & Crafts, Spiritual Work & Consultations, New Orleans, African & Haitian Art, Free Refreshments and more. Ancestral Ritual at 7 PM
We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!
Thanks & Blessings,
Brandi C. Kelley
VOODOOFEST Producer - 504.522.2111
P.S.: Admission to VOODOOFEST is FREE. Your donations help us to keep it free and are GREATLY appreciated! Don't forget to pick up your collectable VOODOOFEST 2018 Poster. This year's poster by acclaimed local artist, Amzie Adams, promises to be a memorable addition to the collection. Every sale helps to support VOODOOFEST.
VOODOOFEST 2018 EVENTS SCHEDULE
1 PM: OPENING CEREMONY with Amzie Adams & Spiritwalker, led by our family of initiated Priests.
1:30 PM: Sister Sula Janet Evans, author of "Spirit of the Orisha" takes us on a soul filled musical journey into the world of the African Spirit Forces, sharing the beauty and meaning of the Orisha Songs.
2 PM: Published author, academic & Vodou Practitioner, Dr. Ina Fandrich, speaks about the life & times of our Great Ancestor, Voodoo Queen Mam'zelle Marie Laveaux.
3 PM: Haitian-Initiated Cajun Voodoo Priest, Jesse Brunet, a true Louisiana original, speaks about the fascinating history of the Cajun people and the tremendous contributions they've made to our local history & culture.
3:30 PM: New Orleans Voodoo Priest, Belfazaar Ashantison, published author of, "Beneath the Sheltering Oak," & "Voodoo Through My Eyes," speaks about his close relationship to the Ancestors & how They assist him in his work as a Spiritual Consultant & Root Worker.
4 PM: Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, gives us a feminine insider's view of the unique New Orleans Mardi Gras/Black Masking tradition through her interactive, multi-discipline presentation.
4:30 PM: Haitian initiated Vodou Priest Houngan Toby, a native of New Orleans, speaks on the nature of spiritual work and the Lwa, the power of the written and spoken word, the importance of impeccable actions and how sometimes “a cigar is just a cigar”.
5:00 PM: Chief Priestess Luisah Teish, acclaimed author of, "Jambalaya" and other cherished works, will lead us in songs to Eshu, the Trickster, Oya, the Boss Lady of the Cemetery & other Elders of the Night.
5:30 PM: Internationally renowned local musician & historian, Sunpie, discusses the African roots of our locally beloved music and dance, while performing some of his most popular songs.
6:15 PM: Bring your drums (and your clapping hands) for African Drumming 101! Award winning percussionist, Luther Gray, of Bamboula 2000, discusses the African roots of our locally beloved rhythms. Everyone is asked to participate & learn a few basic beats.
7 PM: CLOSING ANCESTRAL HEALING RITUAL with our extended family of initiated Priests, the Voodoo Authentica Ritual Troupe and YOU