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IMPORTANT NOTE: This cancelation applies to primary Foo Foo Fest grant-funded events only. A number of events are added each year, and placed under our marketing umbrella as “Friends of Foo.” However, whether these events occur or not, is not under the purview of the Foo Foo Festival or Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. Please check the websites and/or social media pages of your favorite Friends of Foo for updates on the status of their individual events moving forward.
The nonprofit organization, Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE), announced on April 2, 2020, that the 7th Annual Foo Foo Festival slated for November 5-16, 2020 has been canceled due to the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Foo Foo Festival will resume November 4-15, 2021 in Pensacola, Fla.
“Our board voted unanimously to suspend Foo Foo Festival this year in light of the pandemic,” said David Bear, trustee emeritus for Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. “The timing for committing financially for 2020 is now and we felt it would be irresponsible to begin our process during this uncertain and precarious time. We look forward to getting back to business as usual next year.”
For more information and updates about the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit www.FooFooFest.com or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For ongoing news and updates please visit ACEPensacola.org.
The Foo Foo Festival celebrates art, music, dance, theatre, cuisine and more with programming from grant recipients, throughout the city of Pensacola for nearly two weeks. Strategically positioned in and around some of Pensacola’s most popular events, the Foo Foo Fest encourages cultural tourists to make Pensacola an arts destination those two weeks. Foo Foo Festival’s impressive roster of events has become highly anticipated for its outstanding grant recipients who celebrate individual experiences specific to their craft and in 2019, the festival gave a total of $400,000 in grant funding to artists.
About Art, Culture, Entertainment, Inc. (ACE)
ACE is a nonprofit organization that receives Federal, State of Florida, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, corporate, foundation and personal funds. ACE disperses these funds through an equitable granting process to nonprofit arts, culture and entertainment organizations throughout Escambia County, Fla., and promotes Escambia County as an arts and cultural destination through the annual Foo Foo Festival and other marketing efforts. For more information about ACE, visit www.acepensacola.org.
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Foo Foo Festival Presents Stomp Fest
Hosted by comedian and internet sensation Haha Davis — also known as “Mr. Big Fella.” Also featuring musical performances by Marsha Ambrosius, and DJ performance by Mannie Fresh rapper/producer of all or most of the songs on 17 multi-platinum, platinum or gold albums for Cash Money Records.
This year, Foo Foo Festival and Stomp Fest present the 2019 Invitational Step Show. It will once again be the anchor Step Show event for the Foo Foo Festival. Stomp Fest is based on a 125-year-old African American College Fraternity and Sorority Tradition of “Stepping.”
The event will feature some of the finest Step/Strolls by various Fraternities, Sororities and organizations from across the nation. Local favorites, “The Omega Lamplighters” are returning this year to make history — their motto is “We turn good young men into great young men.”
Stepping uses dance movement and music to tell a story visually. The performances have influences including military close order drill, African Foot Dances, the stage routines of African American Soul and R&B performers such as The Temptations and The Four Tops.
In the 1990s Stepping started to broaden its musical styles and participatory groups to include Latin American, and Caucasian Greek College organizations.
Latin college students introduced Salsa and Meringue rhythms and as Rap and Hip Hop entered the American music mainstream the stepping culture widened its 21st Century audience and competition pool and became “Stomp Festivals.”
What Can Our Audience Expect?
The event will bring in noted collegiate step teams to an electric Pensacola Bay Center. Early bird tickets can be found here. Regular tickets will remain on-sale after the Early Bird sale close, here. For more information visit Stompfest850.com, or PensacolaBayCenter.com.
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