Lift Ev’ry Voice 2017

The Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival celebrating African-American heritage and culture in the Berkshires returns for the summer of 2017!

Local cultural and community organizations – including libraries, historical societies, arts organizations, galleries, museums and educational institutions – are invited to contact us about partnering and presenting talks, screenings, performances, exhibits and more!

Founded in 2011, the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival is a biennial, summer-long celebration of African-American Culture & Heritage in the Berkshires. The festival celebrates the rich traditions of the African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage, while acknowledging the larger global context in which this community exists. Rather than a site-specific series of events presented by a single organization, Lift Ev’ry Voice is an umbrella under which a wide range of events, exhibitions, forums and celebrations are gathered to create a rich tapestry across Berkshire County. We welcome organizations and institutions, from anywhere in the county, to contribute events and exhibitions that resonate with the spirit of the festival. Past partners who we are looking forward to working with again for 2017 include Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Mass MoCA, the Mount (Edith Wharton) and the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP.