The YMI Cultural Center invites you to enjoy wonderful sounds, beautiful sights, and amazing tastes of the African-Caribbean at the Asheville Goombay Festival!
Asheville’s Goombay Festival has celebrated African & Caribbean heritage here in Western North Carolina. This year, celebrating 40th Goombay Anniversary!
The festival celebrates the richness and diversity found in the food, music, and art across the African Diaspora.
Goombay is free and open to anyone and everyone who wishes to attend!
September 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2021
Friday: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm
Goombay will be held on The Block in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
The YMI Cultural Center has five core components: community programming, community forums, an annual cultural festival, cultural exhibitions and programs to promote economic literacy.
We're hosting Goombay as one of its’ core components.
“The Goombay Festival represents an opportunity to highlight the African American experience and the YMI’s role in crafting that experience. It continues to promote the historical legacy of the 'Founding Fathers' to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of African Americans in Asheville, NC.”
–Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, YMI Board Chair
A NIGHT ON THE BLOCK
On Friday, September 3 from 6-9pm, we’ll also be hosting an intimate event to celebrate 40 years of Goombay and formally launch our capital campaign.
Held in the Ray Auditorium, Friday night will be a time for us to come together while toasting the past, present, and future of the YMI.
The funds raised will go towards elevating the reach and abilities of the organization, benefiting three specific areas of need: building preservation, program capacity, and sustainability.
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to all of the sponsors who have helped to make Goombay possible this year!