Now in its 5th year of celebrating the “CULTURAL FLAVOR” of Historic Belmont-DeVilliers- “Home of the Blues”, “Home of the Black Business District”, and “Home of the Chitlin” Circuit”, the BACK ON THE BLOCKS FESTIVAL series continues to encourage tourists to “VACATION CULTURALLY” while visiting the Pensacola region. This event is one of the cultural preservation activities which supports the history, heritage, and culture of the Creole musicians who created the African-American art and entertainment district in Belmont-DeVilliers- historically known for the emergence of the “Chitlin’ Circuit”. The festival provides an intimate atmosphere which blends a modern and traditional flavor for artists and visitors alike to experience creative expression, musically, and artistically, both indoors and out, while revitalizing and preserving the heritage of the Belmont by offering cultural arts and entertainment for tourists and residents to enjoy while visiting the area. It has become a culturally creative space for residents to enjoy walking to; a culturally creative place for tourists to enjoy traveling to; and a culturally creative face for visitors to enjoy an attraction to. Legendary greats such as Luis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others have all left their cultural flavor on the district, and made lasting impressions on the region.
Kid’s Corner: a family friendly, kid friendly interactive art performance area for kids to enjoy the Imagination Station, arts & crafts, face-painting, hula-hoop, jump rope, and various children’s games. (Saturday, November 10th, 12:00pm-5:00pm, Belmont Cultural Center, 432 West Belmont Street, Pensacola, FL 32501).