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Roswell Roots Festival Returns in February

The City of Roswell will host its 18th Annual Roswell Roots Festival in February, in conjunction with Black History Month. This year, there will be 20 different events, ranging from music and art exhibitions to food and poetry.

Roswell Roots: A Festival of Black History and Culture is one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations of black history and culture in the Southeast. This year, there will be over 20 different unique and fun events for everyone. This community wide festival strengthens community ties and helps celebrate Roswell’s culture both past and present. Share in Roswell’s diverse history while discovering more about African American heritage, art, food and contributions. For a full list of Roswell Roots events, visit www.roswellroots.com.

Selected highlights of this year’s festival include:

● Jazz Vespers
January 27, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Roswell Presbyterian Church, FREE
Experience the ancient liturgy of Vespers, combined with the melodic and harmonic rhythms of jazz with Atlanta Jazz Chorus and Quartet under the direction of Dr. Dwight Andrews, Pastor of First Congregational Church and Emory University’s Professor of Music.

● Southern Soul Fixins, a Roswell Roots Soul Food Cook-Off
February 10, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Bill Johnson Community Activity Building (BJCAB), FREE
Savor the rich and soulful flavors of Roswell’s most talented cooks. Community members are invited to participate in the competition by preparing a meat-based side dish, vegetarian side dish, bread, or dessert. Those interested in participating as a taste tester are welcome to attend this parade of culinary arts.

● LIVE! In Roswell Presents: Ranky Tanky
February 16, 8:00-10:00 p.m., Cultural Arts Center, $30/$25 Seniors, Students & Military
Translated loosely as “Get Funky,” Ranky Tanky performs their interpretation of the timeless music of the Gullah culture – from playful game songs to heartbreaking spirituals and delicate lullabies – updated with gospel vocals, jazz trumpet solos, and an R&B rhythm section. To purchase tickets please visit RoswellCAC.com.

● 3rd Annual Roswell Roots Arts Festival
February 23, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Roswell Double Tree Hotel, Free
Discover heritage and culture through the artwork and creativity of black artists and creatives from Metro Atlanta. Original art and handmade items will be available for purchase.


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