Unifying the myriad of events and activities taking place in and around Leimert Park Village is the idea behind the Unity Festival, August 4 – September 4.

The Unity Festival will incorporate the design concept of the popular African Marketplace by highlighting the African Diaspora and diverse cultures. The four-week event will include the Africa USA International Chamber of Commerce Trade Conference; daily educational seminars and tours; the 4th Annual Leimert Park Theater Festival produced by the Vision Theatre and Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center; nightly music and dance performances at the World Stage, Regency West, Barbara Morrison Arts Center, KAOS Network and Historic Maverick Flats; “Pop-up” street performances at locations throughout the Village; Cinema After Dark Film screening on People Street; Los Angeles Police Department’s Low Rider’s Auto Show; and Touch the World’s Gospel Fest, hosted by the Vision Theatre.

In addition to one-time events, the Unity Festival will encompass Leimert Park’s existing ongoing activities such as exhibitions at Art + Practice, book signings at Eso Won Books, Regency West’s Taco Tuesdays and Jazz at LA 3rd Church of Spiritual Living taking place every other Wednesday night.

In coordinating the many disparate events under the umbrella of the Unity Festival, Burks encouraged event producers and business owners and performance space owners to partner with the festival for the mutual benefit of all parties and promote the vitality of the Village. “Our vision is to consolidate the combined resources and budgets of our partners,” said Unity Festival organizer and Director for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs James Burks.

“This is an opportunity to create a brand for Leimert Park with the public. It is important to build an event that encourages visitors and community to visit and enjoy the variety of facilities and entertainment centers in the Village,” said Burks.

For a list of Unity Festival activities, visit www.LeimertParkVillage.org.