MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Celebrating the powerful legacy of two iconic communities, Thursday, the City of Memphis announced its multi-year partnership with the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the City of New York and New York State.
Kicking off with the 45th annual HARLEM WEEK, which this year runs from July 28 – August 31 in Harlem, the partnership is designed to pay tribute to both communities and their continued impact on culture, service, innovation and education throughout the world. Harlem will specifically honor the City of Memphis’ bicentennial anniversary by making “A New Century of Soul” the theme and spirit of the partnership.
Memphis leaders in culture, education, service, and innovation, will join Harlem and New York City leaders to offer week-long Memphis programming from August 12 – August 18. Residents and visitors of New York City will have the chance to experience Memphis soul and to get a peek of what makes the city a truly iconic community.
“The Village of Harlem is honored to partner with the iconic city of Memphis as it celebrates its bicentennial. We are pleased to host the artists, chefs and key representatives from Memphis from Aug. 12-18, as we join Memphis in celebrating ‘A New Century of Soul,’” said Lloyd Williams, President of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.
Events will include A Taste of Memphis and Harlem and the launch of the inaugural Harlem Jazz and Music Festival.
Since Memphis music has had such an impact on the world, multiple Memphis artists will perform in New York City throughout the week. On August 15th Cameron Bethany will be on stage during an outdoor concert. Also on the 15th, Keia Johnson will perform at the Apollo Theater. During “Summer in the City” and HARLEM DAY which takes place August 17 – August 18, artists Kina Del Mar, The PRVLG, and the dance phenomenon Memphis Jookers will perform several sets during the festival.
During “A Taste of Memphis & Harlem,” there will be a selection of popular dishes from each city at select Harlem restaurants.
Food from Memphis Black Restaurant Week Chef Eli Townsend of Sage Restaurant will be featured along with Old Dominick drinks. Also, Harlem food industry leaders highlight Memphis chefs and inspired dishes.
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