THE SOUL OF CVILLE RETURNS IN 2022 TO CONTINUE SHOWCASING AND ELEVATING BLACK EXCELLENCE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE AND ALBEMARLE COUNTY. THE FESTIVAL IS EXPANDING TO 3 FULL DAYS SHOWCASING BLACK CULTURE THROUGH FILM, FASHION, MUSIC, DANCE, AND MORE.
Ix Flix Free Film Screening of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing
with a Hip Hop Dance Party in the Looking Glass to follow.
A full day highlighting Black Artisans & Vendors located in the City &
County, bands featuring Soul, R&B, Go-Go, and Rap, a fashion show,
free art making, a community canvas, community access to the
Looking Glass and more.
A community skate day with De La Roll and DJ Flatline followed by a
free film screening of Leebangah's documentary You’ll Neva Know Me
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 pm - 2:00 am
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
friday, august 12th
hip hop dance party
Saturday, august 13th
sunday, august 14th
DJ Runway, Dj Blade Relic, Hurt City DJ,
hosted by DJAlmighty and the core Djs of 101.3 Jamz
The DND Dancers
Chic & Classy Image Consulting Fashion Show
Heavy Gripp LT
Dj Sir RJ
100 Proof Band
10:00 pm - 2:00 am
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
6:35 pm - 6:40 pm
6:45 pm - 6:50 pm
7:00 pm - 7:05 pm
7:10 pm - 7:30 pm
7:35 pm - 7:40 pm
8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm
8:30 pm - 8:45 pm
8:45 pm - 9:00 pm
9:00 pm - 9:50 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hip hop dance party
Saturday, august 13th
sunday, august 14th
Albemarle County Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Bald and Beautyful
Black Jacks Mobile
Blue Ridge Abortion Fund
Brave Souls on Fire
Caribbean Jerk Pot
Charlottesville Medical Research
Charlottesville Police Civilian Oversight Board
City of Charlottesville
CTI Real Estate
Discover Black Cville
Dollz Houze Fazhions
Embellishments by Ahmel
Families Helping Families
Fire and Ice
Honeysuckle Creek Farm
Indulge Alkaline Water
Indulge In This
Kovered by T
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
The Love No Ego Foundation
Mama Payne’s Sweet Cooking & Crafts
Moe Betta Italian
Mahogany and Friends
No Shade 360 Photo Booth
Nona’s Italian Cucina
The Prolific Peacock
Sexual Assault Resource Agency
Soul of the City Catering
The Telvin Project
Unite Us, Unite Virginia Network
You'll Neva know me
A documentary by leebangah
FREE SCREENING SUNDAY
AUGUST 14TH AT 8:30 PM
A documentary about growing up in Charlottesville as a local hip hop artist on the rise. Becoming the 1st hop hop artist that opened doors as a youth. Becoming a father and a local legend.
The Story of Us by Eze Amos
Reclaiming the narrative of #Charlottesville through storytelling and portraits of community resilience. August 11 - September 29 on the downtown mall
These photos and narratives of our community coming together in resistance—holding space, being brave and being vulnerable—show what is true about Charlottesville. It is a city with a complex history and many flaws, but it is also a place of resilience, unity, art, and of love.
My hope is that this project elevates our stories, pushing beyond the media’s narrative of Charlottesville to see all the ways we’ve moved toward a better understanding of one another and our city’s history. May this create opportunities for healing through storytelling. I invite you to join me in taking a few moments to appreciate the beauty of this beloved community we all call home.
With Gratitude, Eze
"The Soul of Cville is so important this year because it marks the 5th year anniversary of A12. What we want to do with the festival this year is to reclaim that day as our own and like the phoenix, obtain new life by rising from the ashes... coming back better than ever and cville strong like only Charlottesville can do."
- khalilah jones, ix art park advisory board member, owner of chic & classy image consulting
"Soul of Cville is where Culture stamps our blackness in the Charlottesville community. It is how we show up in creative spaces and shed light on how we can create space for soul care within the black community.
My thoughts on August 12/13th are complicated. It is one of those days that made many of us remember why we must take up space and not remain complacent with racism in Cville. I think it is important that we highlight black joy despite history’s dark attempt to instill fear or white supremacy.
“If you are silent about your paint, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” - Zora Neale Hurston
I think it is important to speak up and discuss those not so joyous moments.
Being black in Charlottesville is like being black in the United States. There is a universal language that we as black people all over can relate to."
- Shaniece b.
"I was born and raised in Charlottesville. My entire world as I knew it was black. I knew I was black as early as the age of 3 when I attended Barrett Day Care, all of the staff was black with the exception of one teacher. All my friends were black; I met my first forever friend there.
My whole world was black, I attended and later became a member and baptized with the right hand of fellowship to Pilgrim Baptist Church where the legendary Rev. Dr. R.A. Johnson was the pastor and prominent civil rights leader in Charlottesville.
I was fortunate to play a sport, volleyball that is still not the most popular amongst black girls. I was used to being “one of”. I learned at an early age how to be black in white spaces. I grew up knowing there was a division in Charlottesville, but yearned to see what life was like outside of Charlottesville.
I attended Winston-Salem State University on scholarship and it was like a breath of fresh air. I was able to just be BLACK. I had professors, teammates, deans, librarians, and even classmates that looked like me, sounded like me, understood the assignment like me, and even knew what it was like to pursue something greater like me.
Although years have passed, some things are still the same. To bring things full circle, I find myself educating my children how to be black in white spaces in current Charlottesville. One thing’s for certain two thing’s for sure I AM CHARLOTTESVILLE!