25th Annual Free VOODOOFEST
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
1 PM – 7 PM
Closing Ancestral Ritual at 7 PM
Voodoo Authentica of New Orleans Cultural Center & Collection
612 rue Dumaine in the French Quarter
Full Events Schedule Below
Click here to view our collection of past VOODOOFEST Posters
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.
Featuring: Internationally Revered Haitian Vodou Priestess Mambo Maggie, Ghanaian Priest & Master Drummer Osofo Andrew, Award Winning Local Musicians Sunpie Barnes & Luther Gray of Bamboula 2000, Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, Published Author, Initiated Mambo & Marie Laveaux Researcher Dr. Ina Fandrich, New Orleans Voodoo Priest & Published Author Papa Zaar, New Orleans Native, Priestess Ava Kay Jones, Accomplished Local Professor of Dance & Choreography, Mama Kai, Licensed Tour Guide & Intuitive Reader Mam'zelle Kamille, Haitian-Initiated Cajun Voodoo Priest Houngan Jesse, Local Artist & Musician Extraordinaire Amzie Adams, and the Voodoo Authentica Ritual Troupe!
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! Please remember to pick up your collectible VOODOOFEST 2023 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 2023 EVENTS SCHEDULE
1 PM: Opening Ceremony with Amzie Adams, led by Mambo Maggie & our family of initiated Priests.
1:15 PM: Ghanaian Priest & Master Drummer, Osofo Andrew, speaks about the importance of embracing diversity, and shares Spiritual songs from his native country.
1:45 PM: New Orleans Voodoo Priest, Papa Zaar, 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.
2 PM: Mambo Maggie teaches us songs about the Lwa, and shares the enduring "Legacy of Love" passed down by her Mother, internationally revered Vodou Priestess, Mama Lola.
2:30 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 PM: Globally acclaimed New Orleans native, Priestess Ava Kay Jones, speaks about her Spiritual Journey, and what it means to be "Voodoo Catholic".
3:30 PM: Published Author, Academic & Initiated Mambo, Dr. Ina Fandrich, speaks about the life & times of our Great Ancestor, Voodoo Queen Mam'zelle Marie Laveaux.
4 PM: New Orleans Voodoo Practitioner, Licensed Tour Guide & Intuitive Reader, Mam'zelle Kamille, shares spine-tingling ghost stories and enticing French Quarter lore.
4:30 PM: Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson, of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, gives us a feminine insider's view of the uniquely New Orleans Mardi Gras/Black Masking tradition through her moving interactive presentation.
5 PM: Accomplished New Orleans Professor of Dance & Choreography, Mama Kai, showcases local and international dance movements from the African Diaspora, and shares the cultural significance behind them.
5:30 PM: Internationally renowned Local Musician & Historian, Bruce Sunpie Barnes, shares Louisiana stories 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 Mambo Maggie, Voodoo Authentica's extended family of Initiated Priests and YOU!