The Original Gullah Festival

The Original Gullah Festival showcases the African history and heritage of South Carolina’s Low Country Gullah culture, a blend of West African, European and Native American cultures, which became a way of life for West African slaves living on the Sea Islands off the coast of the South Carolina mainland. The annul event attracts talent from the local, regional, national, and international levels and prides itself on having something to appeal to every taste, including art and history exhibits including local choirs, jazz, storytelling, symphonic music, arts and crafts, and theater.

This year’s event runs from May 23 through May 25. For more information, please visit the festival’s official website for more information on this year’s event.

More About Gullah Life & Culture

gullah-festival-beaufortThe Gullah are African Americans who live in the Low Country region of South Carolina and Georgia, which includes both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. Historically, the Gullah region once extended north to the Cape Fear area on the coast of North Carolina and south to the vicinity of Jacksonville on the coast of Florida; but today the Gullah area is confined to the South Carolina and Georgia Low Country. The Gullah people are also called Geechee, after the Ogeechee River near Savannah, Georgia. The term Geechee is most commonly used in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Gullah are known for preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African American community in the United States. They speak an English-based creole language containing many African loanwords and significant influences from African languages in grammar and sentence structure. The Gullah language is related to Jamaican Creole, Bahamian Dialect, and the Krio language of Sierra Leone in West Africa. Gullah storytelling, foodways, music, folk beliefs, crafts, farming and fishing traditions, etc. all exhibit strong influences from West and Central African cultures.

Source: Wikipedia


The Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina

The Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina, Inc., a non-profit, tax exempt organization of Beaufort, was established in 1985 with its first festival being held in 1986 by natives of Beaufort to continue a four-day celebration of the historical, significant Sea Island heritage. Its goal is to reclaim for future generations the beauty and mystery of the disappearing Gullah Culture, a mix of West African legacy and American experience, to help Arts in Education, and to foster a better understanding of, and appreciation for the culture. Highlights include consumer, educational, and historical workshops, a fine arts exhibit, demonstrations and a potpourri of music and food for everyone.
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Jump start this holiday season with Aunt Pearlie Sue & The Gullah Kinfolk!
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Aunt Pearlie Sue & The Gullah Kinfolk perform "Decoration Day"!
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The Original Gullah Festival of South Carolina, Inc
921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: 843-525-0628
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