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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 XX Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale, a Taste of Gullah, Arts, Crafts and Food Expo, Gullah Gospel Music Series, a Celebration of African American Authors and the Sweetheart Ball featuring Deas Guyz and more! We invite you to come and celebrate Gullah where your soul will be transformed by the spirit of the Gullah Culture.

21st Anniversary 2017 Gullah Celebration full calendar of events

2017 Gullah Celebration Event Highlights

XX Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale – Wednesday, February 1, 2017
This annual Art 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. Artists will be onsite at various times throughout the exhibit, check for exact schedules at gullahcelebration.com. Private group tours are available by request.
Location: Art League of Hilton Head Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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Taste of Gullah – Saturday, February 11, 2017
This one-of-a kind event is and afternoon filled with authentic Gullah dishes such as Okra Gumbo, Conch Stew, fried shrimp dusted in traditional Gullah seasonings and classic barbecue favorites like char-grilled chicken and ribs. While you eat you can enjoy the entertainment from several local artists including traditional dancers, musicians, and storytellers. 
Location: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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Sweetheart’s Ball with Deas Guyz – Sunday, February 14, 2017
Dance and dine all evening long with the featured band Deas Guyz, a renowned Hilton Head Island favorite. With the purchase of your ticket you can enjoy the delicious buffet of Lowcountry foods, including smothered pork loin, collard greens, red rice and peach cobbler. Cash bar is available featuring beer, wine or spirits of your choice.
Location: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
2 Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Arts, Crafts & Food Expo – Saturday, February 18, 2017
Experience authentic Gullah culture at the annual Arts, Crafts and Food Expo offering cultural demonstrations, authentic Gullah and African crafts and food for sale, as well as an offering of traditional storytelling and music entertainment.
Location: Hilton Head Island Middle School
55 Wilburn Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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Gullah Music Series Featuring Gospel Quartets – Friday, February 24, 2017
Celebrate and honor the spiritual thread that binds the African ancestors and the Gullah of today. This closing event of our four-part music series features acclaimed Gospel quartets of the lowcountry. Expect to hear powerful spirituals and gospel music that soothes your soul.
Location: Historic St. James Baptist Church 
209 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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Celebration of African American Authors – Saturday, February 25, 2017
Learn from published authors about the inspiration for their latest books, while you feast on a FREE traditional Gullah buffet. Authors will also give you first-hand insight that may help you get started on that book you’ve wanted to write. Books by these featured writers will be available for sale. The Gullah buffet will include grilled ox tails, okra and tomato stew, and bread pudding prepared by Gullah Geechee Catering.
Location: Custom Audio Video
48 Pennington Drive Unit B, Bluffton, SC 29910

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