This year marks the 20th anniversary of Atlanta’s National Black Arts Festival, which begins Friday and ends July 27. More than five million people have attended the festival since it began in 1988.

“That’s the beauty of culture,” executive producer Stephanie Hughley told the AP. “It’s always being influenced and is influencing. I think the festival offers a safe environment to examine cultural connections and influences, provoking and inspiring self-reflection.”

This year’s festival, which is themed, “Our Gift of Creativity to You,” will include performances by Oprah Winfrey’s production of The Color Purple, and conversations with authors Alice Walker and Pearl Cleage.

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