Wakanda Celebration


The Wakanda Celebration is a festival of community, culture, and African Pride. Join us on September 3rd from 11am-8pm: (Event activities subject to change)

  • Come be a part of the "Luangisa Wakanda Wearable Art Experience," a world view show of fashion, movement, and beauty. Featuring music rooted in the African diaspora that showcases an African world view of traditions and Afro-futurism, plus special guest performances.
  • Honoring the life of Chadwick Boseman
  • Shopping featuring curated selection from Luangisa African Gallery with home decor, African art, hand-woven baskets, fashion, and jewelry
  • Extraordinary line up of stellar Artists, Designers and Creators of African descent
  • Live African Band Drummers & Dancers
  • Children’s Message & Storytelling
  • Crafts for Kids
  • African, Caribbean, American Food, and more!

Schedule (subject to change):
12:00pm: Libation Opening of the Way
1:00pm-1:30pm: Dr. Garvey & The Scrubs
1:45pm-2:00pm: The Revelators Dance Troupe
2:15pm-2:45pm: Tina Kakolaki & Ware Ware Music Band, Bukoba, Tanzania
3:00pm - 3:30pm: Bokandeye African American Dance Theater
4:00pm - 4:30pm: Gena Roots Band, Sweet Reggae Music NYC
5:00pm - 6:00pm: Luangisa Wearable Art “A Global Fashion Experience” With PitsiRa YaMabala & "The Band", Johannesburg, South Africa
6:30pm-7:30pm: Live DJ & Jamboree


Pride, Community, Connection


WAKANDA Celebration Co-Founder

Rose Luangisa

Born in Bukoba, Tanzania, Rose Luangisa came to the U.S. in 1987 and earned both a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from IONA College. She got her start at African Family Day at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon (her U.S. hometown) and opened Luangisa African Gallery in 1996. 

Over the past 25 years, she’s showcased artifacts and other crafts at those fairs, festivals, trade shows and museum events which are symbolic of Africa’s rich cultural heritage, including: Afropunk, International African Arts Festival and Dance Africa! in Brooklyn; Essence Music Festival in New Orleans; Capital Jazz Fest in Maryland, African Festival of the Arts and Arts and Crafts at the DuSable Museum, both in Chicago, African World Festival in Detroit, Newport Jazz Fest in Rhode Island, the Harlem Fine Arts Festival, the Zora Festival in Florida and many other venues.

Rose’s mission has always been to make both artisans and customers happy, to preserve African culture and traditions, and to empower and connect its people across the world.


2022 Wakanda Celebration Partners