The Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival (ACUF) is one of the grand finale events for the Atlanta Carnival taking place over Memorial weekend. This event will be an ultimate concert experience bringing people from all islands together for performances by top artistes from throughout the Caribbean. To complement the performances, there will be moko jumbie (stilt) dancers, steel-pan and a kids zone. The event also features various community building activities like football (soccer) games, a talent showcase & and an appreciation ceremony honoring those who have contributed to the success of Atlanta Carnival over the last twenty-five (25) years. It will be held at Wade Walker Park (5585 Rockbridge Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30088) on Sunday May 26th from 1pm-10pm. Entrance Fee is $20 in advance, $25 at the door(Discounted fees for children under 12) available at urticketpro.com or by calling 404-465-3393.
The concept of the Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival was born from members of the team at H.C. Promotions and Literacy to Legacy who wanted to celebrate the achievement of Atlanta Carnival celebrating 25 years of existence. According to Henderson Charles of H.C. Promotions, ‘Twenty five years of Atlanta Carnival is no small feat and required tenacity and unity to be achieved. The Unity Festival gives us an opportunity to celebrate this success by bringing representatives from all the islands together in one place to enjoy activities that build a sense of community.’
This event is a fusion of music and culture. The festival will be headlined by Rupee the Bajan singer/producer who brought several hits including the crossover smash “Tempted to Touch”. Rupee will be joined by Kerwin Dubois the Trinidadian singer/writer who has received several awards and is a staple on the Carnival circuit around the world because of his great performing ability and of course hits such as “Breathless”. Another Caribbean son who will be joining this amazing duo is the Dancehall sensation Demarco from Jamaica. Demarco has become a heavy weight in the very competitive Dancehall world scoring major hit songs throughout. Hits such as “I Love My Life” have endeared Dancehall crowds and crowds from other markets to this artist. The line-up is amped up by USVI’s newest sensational export: the Cool Session Band & The Rebel Band will be representing Haiti featuring such hits as ‘Bebe.’ Moko Jumbie (stilt) dancers, a steel-drum band, a kid zone and video game center will complement the day’s activities and add to the fun filled family day. Music will also be provided by the Award winning party machines of DJ Choice(St. Kitts), DJ Stephen (Trinidad & Tobago) and the Sound System Changez Disco (Jamaica). MC duties will be provided by one of Atlanta’s long standing MC and Radio Personality, Jason SkyWalker.
The kick-off concert for the event is appropriately named “Fan De Fire”, and will take place on Saturday May 25th. This concert will be headlined by live performances from Antigua & Barbuda’s most famous band Burning Flames along with Virgin Islands’ newest and exiting band Cool Sessions at the Omega International House (3951 Snapfinger Road Lithonia, GA 30038). A portion of proceeds from these events will support the non-profit Literacy to Legacy.