Plans Confirmed for the 23rd Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration

NIBCAA, South Carolina’s Gullah Cultural Ambassador, will present the 23rd Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration and Festival throughout the month of February 2019. The annual celebration will reprise their award-winning Gullah Market, Sweetheart Ball and Arts Ob We People Exhibit and Sale. The featured artwork for the 23rd Gullah Celebration is “Gwain North” by the renowned Dianne Britton Dunham.

The 23rd Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration will present a series of events that please the palette of attendees and captures the spirit and significance of Gullah culture. The Gullah Market an Arts, Crafts and Food Expo on February 16th and 17th, at the Historic Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, will be alive with music, dance and messages presented to strengthen the community and enhance the understanding of the native island culture. The Gullah Market will be open with food and shopping. There will be children’s events and more in this nationally recognized program. Community Day on Saturday, February 17th will feature the traditional entertainment including African dance ensembles, storytellers and the renowned Voices of El Shaddai.

The Arts Ob We People – Arts Exhibit and Sale is the longest running event of the annual celebration. Patrons and guests are invited to come and experience Gullah culture through the eyes of local artists. The Sea Island Gullah people adhere to the customs of their ancestors. Since there are few land markers that commemorate the culture hand crafted art serves to memorialize the lifestyle and traditions for the Gullah people. The annual exhibit and sale is the largest juried Gullah art exhibit in the world. The exhibit is open for tours daily during the month of February at the Art League Gallery at the Coastal Carolina Art Center.

Throughout the month several other cultural programs will be held that offer perspective on the traditions that have been maintained by the descendants of the West Africans that were brought to the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia in bondage. Those programs include the Soul Food and Friends Cooking Class, Sweetheart Ball at the Northridge Club, Gullah Heritage Music Series, the Gullah Institute, Paint and Sip, Ol’ Fashion Gullah Breakfast, Freedom Day and Taste of Gullah.

Advance tickets are recommended and available on For more information about the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, visit the website or call 843-255-7303.

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