Sekona Washington is the founder of The Black Mecca Festival, which will take place September 21-22 at Camp North End.

Collectively celebrate black culture.

The Black Mecca Festival takes place at Camp North End September 21-22 with the goal of recognizing music, art and technology within black culture.

“There are so many different things that represent black culture as a whole,” said festival founder Sekona Washington. “A lot of times we kind of celebrate these things individually of each other, so I had the idea of ​​Dark Mecca to merge pretty much all of these different aspects together so that we can celebrate the culture and community in. its entirety – under one roof, one space, at a time.

Hosting the festival in a space like Camp North End, a renovated factory, provides ample indoor and outdoor space for the event.

“Honestly the first time I walked into Camp North End I fell in love with the place,” Washington said. “This is what we wanted to do. ”

Washington sought not only local artists like R&B singer Cyanca and rapper Deniro Farrar, but also national artists, like headliner SiR, as well as rapper / singer Kari Faux. Watch Jazzy is the host.

Black Mecca incorporates a philanthropic component, accepting donations for Behailu Academy, an arts-based youth organization in NoDa.

“Being just the type of person that I am, I always like to add some type of charitable aspect,” Washington said. “We are all a community and we all need to help each other. I came into contact with Behailu a few years ago. I wanted to invest myself as much as possible in the younger generation. Just spending an afternoon with them, I discovered how passionate these kids are about the arts. Just by knowing this connection with them, they immediately occurred to me when I thought of a local charity I wanted to donate to because they are all about moving forward through art. , and it’s a festival of art, music, and technology – it all makes sense.

A native of Greensboro, Washington graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2012 with a degree in Marketing.

“I fell in love with Charlotte and have been here ever since,” she said. “The number of people we have here now allows us to have that national presence, because Charlotte doesn’t just have people who have lived in Charlotte. Charlotte has become a melting pot of people from all over the world. With that, you have a lot of music lovers because music is a very influential medium of communication and an overall substance that people enjoy regardless of genre. Having the number of people that Charlotte has now, it actually gives us the opportunity to take the spotlight, to be able to make space when it comes to having festivals, to be creative and to be known for it as a city.

Charlottean native Marcus Kiser, who has been involved as a graphic designer in creating content for the festival, said: “You create opportunities for the residents of the neighborhoods. “

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