If you’ve been to the Lowcountry, chances are you’ve had a glimpse into one of South Carolina’s most cherished and unique cultural assets: the Gullah culture.
The term “Gullah” refers to both the language, a creolized form of English derived from African languages, and the people who created that language – enslaved Africans and their descendants inhabiting the Sea Islands and coastal area of South Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida. How can we go to Hilton Head and not seek to understand the beauty of these people and their culture?
Join us as we immerse ourselves in the Gullah culture at our special pre-Summit event, “A Gullah Experience,” happening Sunday, March 4.
Brought to you by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, “A Gullah Experience” will help us understand the evolution of the Gullah culture as local Gullah community leaders take us on a tour of significant sites and then share with us the unique language and art of basket-weaving, authentic storytelling, Gullah-inspired cooking, as well as anecdotes that make the Gullah culture so unique.
To top it off, the celebrated Gullah gospel choir, El Shaddai will join us as the sun sets and we reflect on what we’ve learned from SC’s influential past while gaining a deeper appreciation as to what it truly means to have unity in our community.
Cost is $55, so we can properly compensate our artists. Registration is open and space is limited.
Sunday – March 4
12 p.m. – Summit Registration Opens (Closes at 5 p.m.)
1-1:30 p.m. – Gullah Experience Welcome
1:30-3:30 p.m. – Bus Tour of Historic Gullah sites (Off-Site, for 60 people) OR Gullah Geechee Interactive Workshops
3:45-5:45 p.m. – Bus Tour of Historic Gullah sites (Off-Site, for 60 people) OR Gullah Geechee Interactive Workshops
6-7 p.m. – Sunset Reflections Reception with El Shaddai Choir and a CommUnity Conversation with David Lauderdale and Dr. Emory Campbell