ImageNation Outdoors 21st Annual Film And Music Festival Returns To Harlem

July 7, 2023

ImageNation’s 21st annual IMAGENATION OUTDOORS Film and Music Festival is happening from July 7th to October 21st, 2023.

All events are free and open to the public, including an Eastside and Westside Open Streets Movie series, Drive-In Movie series, New York City Parks screenings, a Black Anime Series, a Great Day Harlem Food & Music Festival, and a Soul Train Tribute to Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary. 

Launched in 2002 with a single screening for 300 people in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, ImageNation Outdoors has grown to draw over 10,000 attendees each summer. “ImageNation Outdoors is the only summer-long festival dedicated to films and music about the Black global experience,” says Gregory Gates, festival Executive Producer. 

Highlights over the years have included the world’s longest Soul Train line, the 100th Anniversary of South Africa’s African National Congress in Central Park, talkbacks with heralded talent such as Jesse Williams, ASAP Ferg, and live performances by Talib Kweli, Goapele, Les Nubians, and more. 


Founded by Moikgantsi Kgama and run by Gregory Gates (Executive Producer), ImageNation has hosted film screenings, live music performances, and other cultural events for more than 1,000,000 people worldwide since its inception in New York City in 1997.

In addition to hosting year-round programs at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and New York City Parks, ImageNation has presented internationally in South Africa, Scotland, and Canada and domestically at Harvard University, MASS MOCA and in Dallas, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington DC. Programs have featured appearances by leading filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Stanley Nelson, and Ava Duvernay. 

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