Gullah Celebration

Guallah Celebration

February 1, 2021 to February 28, 2021

Today, the descendants of West Africans that were brought to the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia in bondage are striving to preserve a way of life. Gullah is more than simply the language and name of a people. It encompasses the essence of struggle, spirituality, perseverance and tradition. The Native Island Gullah People adhere to the custom of their ancestors through the sewing of sweet grass baskets, the weaving of casting nets and preparation of traditional Gullah food.

NIBCAA has hosted the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, since 1996, which showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. This year’s Celebration events include the “Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale”, “Taste of Gullah”, and the Gullah Gospel Music Series! We invite you to celebrate Gullah where your soul will be transformed by the spirit of the Gullah Culture.

25th Gullah Celebration full calendar of events

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Freedom Day

February 1, 2021

In honor of national Freedom Day an in partnership with Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park we will explore the historic vision for freedom through education and lifestyle and the current connections through some of  first families of Hilton Head Island.  This event is free, but donations are welcome. Donations from this event benefit Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park.

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2021 Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration – Opening Party

February 4, 2021

The Opening Party is the first opportunity for patrons and friends to see the display of original work by emerging and leading artists at the Arts Ob We People: Winter Exhibition and Sale. Join our host for a journey through the culture through the arts, crafts and jewelry.

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Arts OB We People: Winter Exhibition and Sale

February 4 - 28, 2021

The Arts Ob We People: Winter Exhibition and Sale is a display of original work by emerging and leading artists that represents the life of Gullah people on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding community. 

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Soul Food and Friends - Episode 1 

February 9, 2021

Great cooking is about more than recipes—it’s about techniques. Join us from the comfort of your kitchen or your couch while we journey through the recipes of the Gullah people past and present.  Get tons of hands-on practice on prepare lowcountry favorites using locally sourced foods!

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Valentine's Day Live

February 14, 2021

Mark your calendar now for an evening of musical entertainment featuring a mix of Old Motown, Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock, Reggae and Dance music with the legendary Deas Guyz! This virtual concert will be a treat that you can experience with your special someone or friends in the convenience of your living room. 

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Soul Food and Friends - Episode 2

February 16, 2021

Great cooking is about more than recipes—it’s about techniques. Join us from the comfort of your kitchen or your couch while we journey through the recipes of the Gullah people past and present.  Get tons of hands-on practice on prepare lowcountry favorites using locally sourced foods!.

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Gullah Institute 

February 17, 2021

The Gullah Institute in partnership with the South Carolina African American Tourism Conference will host a panel discussion on Black Tourism Investment: Private and Public. The panel will feature elected officials and corporate entities with deep knowledge on the current investments and a look ahead at the future investment opportunities. 

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Taste of Gullah 

February 20, 2021

This one-of-kind event is an afternoon filled with authentic Gullah dishes and classic lowcountry favorites. While you eat, you can enjoy the entertainment of several local artists including traditional dancers, musicians and storytellers.

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Music Heritage Series - Gospel Classic

February 27, 2021

We are bringing the music to you! We are taking our annual Music Heritage Series virtual. Mark your calendar now to see a few of your lowcountry gospel music favorites. 

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