BALTIMORE, MD – On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) announced major updates for the 45th Annual AFRAM Festival. After a successful hybrid experience in 2021, the festival will return to a two-day, in-person event on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Commemorating the Juneteenth holiday, AFRAM will honor the holiday by showcasing Baltimore’s best and brightest in Black fashion, art, music, business and culture. The historic Druid Hill Park will once again serve as the backdrop for the 2022 festivities.
Talent, sponsorship, volunteer, and vendor applications are now open for those interested in joining in on the fun. This opportunity will allow local makers, business owners and artists a chance to showcase their goods, talents and services to thousands of attendees.
This year’s performers include:
∙ Rapper and singer, Yung Bleu (about Yung Bleu)
∙ Famed DJ and radio host DJ Quicksilva (about DJ Quicksilva)
∙ Superstar performer, songwriter and producer, Ne-Yo (about Ne-Yo)
∙ Gospel musician and songwriter, Le’Andria Johnson (about Le’Andria Johnson)
∙ Actor, singer, and model, Rotimi (about Rotimi)
∙ R&B crooner, El DeBarge (about El DeBarge)
∙ Baltimore party starter, DJ Tanz (about DJ Tanz)
∙ Superstar R&B group, The O’Jays (about The O’Jays)
“I am incredibly excited to be welcoming residents and visitors back to the historic Druid Hill Park for the return of one of Baltimore’s most time-honored traditions, AFRAM,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “To further highlight the black excellence that is AFRAM, I am proud to announce that we are moving the festival to the Juneteenth weekend. Thank you to Baltimore City Recreation & Parks for all they did to continue to hold AFRAM amid the pandemic and their tireless work to bring the live festival back to the City this year with an amazing lineup. The return of AFRAM is another signal that Baltimore is back.”
“Baltimore has been waiting and our agency has been working! We are so excited to bring the AFRAM experience back to Druid Hill Park,” said Reginald Moore, BCRP’s executive director. “Please stay tuned for additional festival updates as we work to bring the city its best AFRAM yet.”
The Baltimore AFRAM Festival remains one of the largest African-American cultural arts festivals on the East Coast. AFRAM is made possible with the support of sponsors like the official broadcast media partner, WJZ-TV. The festival is free and open to guests of all ages.
About the Baltimore AFRAM Festival
The Baltimore AFRAM Festival is presented by Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the City of Baltimore. The Festival officially started in 1976 as a part of Baltimore City’s Showcase of Nations. The multi-generational two-day live experience is slated to bring together the most dynamic voices in music, art and creativity.