In partnership with the Indianapolis Foundation, BLACK: A Festival of Joy is a free celebration inspired and supported by a collective of Black organizations and individuals seeking to support, center, and uplift Black joy in the city. This event will spark a movement to describe Black people by their contribution and sustaining factor: their joy. The festival and micro-granting program encourage and uplift uncompromisingly Black spaces and experiences in Indianapolis. GANGGANG produces the event and the programming, in collaboration with a steering committee of leaders representing various parts of the Black community in Indianapolis.
Uplifting Black joy in Central Indiana
BLACK brings together the best of Black music, art, food, and entertainment.
The free event features local and national performing acts, a dessert competition featuring local chefs, free family portraits, and much more. The festival also features a special moment honoring Black Trailblazers in Indianapolis and a special proclamation from the office of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.
A movement, not a moment.
Investing in Black culture and in Black joy is integral to making Indianapolis a more equitable place to live, work, and play. Events allow everyone an opportunity to connect with the community and celebrate each other, a cornerstone of culture. Putting on quality events can be expensive — so that’s why Black: A Festival of Joy created the Black Joy Fund. The fund grants $25,000 to 10 applicants that represent Black-owned businesses or Black-led organizations based in Indianapolis.