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Our Program

This momentous event will bring together writers, scholars, activists, and artists from around the world to reflect on Baldwin's profound impact on literature, civil rights, and social justice.

 

Through a series of workshops, keynote speeches, panel discussions, and cultural excursions, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of Baldwin's work and its relevance today. Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Baldwin's era, engage in thought-provoking conversations, and celebrate the timeless power of his words.

The Centennial Festival Pass offers access to our welcome reception, all keynotes and panel discussions, art exhibitions, the James Baldwin OutLoud performance and film screening and open mic Amen corners. Please note that some events do have limited access. Writers workshops, the Centennial Gala, and Black Paris Tours require an additional ticket.

The Student Pass includes all of the main festival activities and the student activism workshops.

Welcome Reception

Reception

Kick off the James Baldwin Centennial Festival with our official Welcome Reception. Join us for an evening of mingling, introductions, and celebration as we gather to honor Baldwin's legacy and set the stage for a week of enriching experiences. Enjoy refreshments and connect with fellow attendees in a warm and elegant atmosphere.

Paris, France

Sep 9, 2024

Sep 9, 2024

Welcome and Keynote Speaker - Panel Discussions

Conference

Begin the James Baldwin Centennial Festival with a keynote address, by Brooklyn-based writer and public speaker, Robert Jones Jr., formerly known as the "son of Baldwin." followed by a series of engaging panel discussions. 


Explore themes such as :

La Maison Baldwin: The Meaning of Home in the Black Literary Tradition and Imagination

Black Genius: The Role and Strategies of Black Artists in Shaping our Collective Future


Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Quai Jacques Chirac, Paris, France

Sep 10, 2024

Sep 10, 2024

Centennial - 3 day Poetry Workshop

Join high-profile faculty writers for an immersive Writers Workshop, designed to hone your craft and inspire creativity.

Our Poetry workshop will be taught by Kwame Dawes, Ghanaian Poet, multiple award-winning books.

Reid Hall, Rue de Chevreuse, Paris, France

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Centennial - 3 day Fiction Workshop

Join high-profile faculty writers for an immersive Writers Workshop, designed to hone your craft and inspire creativity.

Our Fiction workshop will be animated by Deesha Philyaw–“The Secret Lives of Church Ladies”

Reid Hall, Rue de Chevreuse, Paris, France

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Centennial - 3 day Non Fiction Workshop

Join high-profile faculty writers for an immersive Writers Workshop, designed to hone your craft and inspire creativity.

Our Creative Nonfiction workshop will be taught by Brian Broome, “Punch Me Up to the Gods”. 

Reid Hall, Rue de Chevreuse, Paris, France

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

3-day Student Activism Workshops(18-24)

Workshop

Our Student Activism Sessions will empower young leaders to develop their activism and leadership skills, drawing inspiration from James Baldwin's works and his legacy of social justice. 


Ages 18-24(Students have a reduced Festival rate that includes the core festival activities and the student workshops.)

The American University of Paris, Rue du Colonel Combes, Paris, France

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Frontline Prophet: James Baldwin--Works by Sabrina Nelson, Curated by Ashara Ekundayo and Omo Misha

Art Exhibition

FRONTLINE PROPHET: JAMES BALDWIN is a year-long traveling exhibition featuring the artwork of Detroit-based creative, Sabrina Nelson. The exhibition consists of more than 40 works on paper and canvas, sketchbooks, installations, and video in celebration of Baldwin's centennial birthday, and presents imagery and sonic pieces culled from the lectures, writings, and socialpolitical themes James Baldwin professed in his work on critical culture, identity, race and sexuality. Nelson will invite collaborations with local visual and musical artists and writers to design dedicated works and programming that speak to liberation and justice. FRONTLINE PROPHET: JAMES BALDWIN opened in Harlem at The Interchurch Center in July, 2023 and has been exhibited in multiple cities throughout the year including Atlanta, New Orleans, Oakland and Chicago. In celebration of Baldwin's Centennial, FRONTLINE PROPHET: JAMES BALDWIN is "coming home" to Paris where it was originally conceived at the James Baldwin conference in 2016.  

The American University of Paris, Rue du Colonel Combes, Paris, France

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

"Put On Your Crown: a Tribute to Identity and Empowerment" by award-winning artist, Kristine Mays

Art Exhibition

Drawing inspiration from James Baldwin's timeless quote, "Your crown has been bought and paid for,” the "Put On Your Crown: A Tribute to Identity and Empowerment” interactive exhibit showcases Kristine Mays' masterfully handcrafted wire crowns, embodying resilience and self-empowerment. Each crown boasts meticulous wirework, with intricate woven patterns evoking a sense of regality and strength.


Hosted at Little Africa Village, the exhibit not only honors Baldwin's profound influence but also extends his empowering message to a new generation of thinkers, artists, and activists. Visitors are encouraged to actively engage with the artwork, fostering dialogue and reflection on themes of identity and resilience.


By celebrating the inherent dignity and resilience of all individuals, this exhibit stands as a

testament to social justice and collective empowerment. It invites visitors to embrace their owncrowns and stand tall in the face of adversity, echoing Baldwin's call to reclaim one's narrative and affirm their inherent worth.

Little Africa Village, Rue des Gardes, Paris, France

Sep 10 to 13, 2024

Sep 10 to 13, 2024

Amen Corners

Open Mic

Unleash your creativity at our Open Mic Gatherings, where participants can share their poetry, stories, and reflections inspired by James Baldwin's legacy. 


Join a supportive and vibrant community as we celebrate the power of words and the diverse voices that carry Baldwin's spirit forward. 


These events have limited admission. First come, first serve.

Paris, France

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

James Baldwin in Paris--Entrée to Black Paris Tours

Tour

James Baldwin in Paris

Led by an Entrée to Black Paris tour guide, you will visit the places in Paris that inspired James Baldwin. Sites on this comprehensive 2-hour walk include the famous Café de Flore, where Baldwin rewrote Go Tell It on the Mountain and encountered his dear friend Beauford Delaney; the Brasserie Lipp and the Deux Magots – where he and Richard Wright quarreled; and several addresses where he lived. There will be 3 tour time slots available during the week. 

Paris, France

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Sep 10 to 12, 2024

Centennial Gala

Gala

Celebrate the culmination of the James Baldwin Centennial Festival at our Centennial Gala, hosted at the stunning Les Récollets - La Maison de l'Architecture. 

Enjoy an elegant evening of festivities, honoring Baldwin's enduring legacy with captivating performances, heartfelt tributes, and an atmosphere of reflection and celebration.

150-154 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris, France

Sep 11, 2024

Sep 11, 2024

Keynote Speakers - Panel Discussions

Conference

Continue the James Baldwin Centennial Festival with a keynote address, followed by a series of engaging panel discussions. 

Explore themes such as :

Truth-telling in the Legacy of James Baldwin: Examining the Power of Narratives

The Fire Next Time: Baldwin's Warning and the Urgency of Contemporary Activism

These panels will delve into Baldwin's enduring influence and the vital conversations his work continues to inspire.

Paris, France

Sep 12, 2024

Sep 12, 2024

James Baldwin Out Loud Performance and The Price of the Ticket Screening

Performance

“James Baldwin Outloud”--Theatrical performance produced by Karen Thorsen of The James Baldwin Project, in partnership with Samuel Legitimus of Le Collectif Baldwin.


This event has limited admission. First come, first serve.

Paris, France

Sep 12, 2024

Sep 12, 2024

Final Keynote Speaker - Closing Panel

Conference

Conclude the James Baldwin Centennial Festival with a thought-provoking keynote address and an insightful closing panel. 

Reflect on the week's discussions and celebrate Baldwin's enduring legacy with distinguished speakers who will encapsulate the festival's themes and inspire continued dialogue and activism.

Paris, France

Sep 13, 2024

Sep 13, 2024

Writers' Showcase

Showcase

Experience the creative brilliance of our guest writers at the Writers' Showcase. 

This event highlights original works inspired by James Baldwin's legacy, offering a platform for emerging and established voices to share their powerful stories and perspectives.

Reid Hall, Rue de Chevreuse, Paris, France

Sep 13, 2024

Sep 13, 2024

Sep 9-13, 2024
Paris, France

Artwork by Ernesto Yerena based on the original photo by Allan Warren.

Logo includes "James Baldwin on the Galata Bridge," Istanbul, Turkey 1964

© Sedat Pakay | www.sedatpakay.com,

Used with permission by the James Baldwin Estate

Centennial Festival

Baldwin and Black Legacy:
Truth, Liberation, Activism

Join us for an unforgettable journey at the James Baldwin Centennial Festival, as we honor the enduring legacy of James Baldwin with a week of inspiration, dialogue, and celebration.

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