Immerse Yourself in Lowcountry Gullah Traditions

May 24, 2018, 12:54 pm EST | Share:

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WTAT-TV) — Their rich culture and sense of community have survived slavery, civil war and modern America.

The Gullah are a distinctive group of African-Americans who have been able to preserve their heritage more than any other African American group.

Gullah is alive and well around the Lowcountry from stunning sweetgrass baskets to their cuisine and language.

To celebrate three centuries of the sweetgrass basket weaving art is an invitation to a beautiful festival which will take place on Saturday, June 2nd in Mount Pleasant.

The 13th annual Sweetgrass Festival will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park.

The event is designed to interpret, promote, engage, entertain and expose festival attendees to the Gullah people’s history, culture, heritage, handmade arts/crafts and sweetgrass basket-making demonstrations.

Admission and parking is free.

Festival performances include:
– Brian Birchfield
– Bill Dupont
– Devon Gary
– Divine Harmony
– Gloria Barr-Ford
– Adande African drummers and dancers
– and more!

There will be lots of children activities and local restaurant and food vendors.

About the Taste of Gullah fundraiser:
– tickets are $50
– all funds generated go directly to help support the costs associated with the operation of their 2018 Sweetgrass Basket Making Summer Camp.

The event will include Gullah inspired cuisine, jazz music by Curtis Inabitt, gospel groups, an Afrocentric fashion show and artwork by local artists.

To learn more, please contact Corey Alston, Sweetgrass Basket Weaving & Photographer at 843-442-1855 or click here.