Holiday On The Boulevard

16th Annual Holiday on the Boulevard - December 11 and 12, 2015

A Central City Holiday Tradition


(NEW ORLEANS, LA) For the sixteenth consecutive year, music and merriment are the order of the day as Ashé Cultural Arts Center lights up the boulevard with musicians, merchants, authors, spoken word artists, and the community, creating an astonishing holiday family festival and marketplace in Central City New Orleans. Located in the Cultural District at 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans, the festival brings together a hefty mix of jazz, hip-hop, r&b, sprinkled with spoken word and incredible young dancers.

On Friday, December 11, the community is invited to learn more about Ashé and its programming at the annual Luncheon and Open House.

Then, on Saturday, December 12,  Please join us for a day of fun, entertainment, dancing and shopping. The holiday marketplace opens at 11:00 AM with music by D.J. RQAWAY (11AM – 2-PM).  Our featured visual artist this year is Wanda Wiggins. And among other select items, enjoy great food by: JuJu Bag Café.  There’s something for everyone in the family, so plan to do a big chunk of your holiday shopping with us. At 12:00 noon, the entertainment kicks off.  Showcasing and performing will be students from Ashé’s Kuumba Institute, the Silhouette Dance Company led by Kai Knight, a Youth Dance Competition hosted byLucky Lou, an Interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) presentation by The 1881 Research Institute, the NORDC Senior Choir, a Bounce Fitness Throw-down with Sistahs Making a Change, led by Marissa Joseph; and a secondline Brass Band Finale led by Red Wolf Brass Band


The Juju Bag Café
Christian Vending & Catering
Ashé Cultural Arts Center

B Wear
Central City Branch, New Orleans Public Library
Diaspora Boutique (Floating models will show new fashions and accessories.)
Feather Me Pretti Designs, LLC
JEM Bead Art
Little Shop of the Neighborhood
My Diva
Seguenon Koné African Drums & More
Seneca Naturals
Shanga Designs
Teacher's Stop
The Breath is Life Spa, LLC
V's Accessories
Wanda Wiggins
We 3 Kings
Zohar Israel

Music by D.J. RqAway - 11:00 AM - 2:00 pm
NOON - Kuumba Institute
12:30 PM - NORD Community Senior Choir
1:15 PM - Silhouette Dance Company
2:15 PM - Interactive Robotics - STEAM presentation by The 1881 Research Institute
3:15 PM - Youth Dance Competition hosted by Lucky Lou
4:30 PM - Bounce Fitness Throwdown with Sistahs Making a Change, led by Marissa Joseph
5:15 PM - Performance by the Red Wolf Brass Band & Secondline

Attendees should don their dancing shoes, because the magical music just makes you want to move. All entertainment is indoors, free, and open to the public.


DON'T MISS UMDABU South African Dance Company and Michael Harrison – In Concert

December 12, 2015 | 7:00 PM

$25 (includes 2016 AshéCAC membership)

$15 for members

$20 for groups of 10 or more

This is the show you’ve been waiting for!  Closing out Holiday on the Boulevard this year is the incredible UMDABU South African Dance Company.  Drum talk, unbelievable dancing, and penetrating lyrics take you right over to the Motherland. Songstress Michaela Harrison opens the show! This is an experience that you must not miss!  For more information, call (504) 569-9070.


Those interested in vending opportunities should contact Luther Gray at (504) 495-0463. Individuals who want to help out by volunteering should call Gwendolyn Richardson at (504) 569-9070.


 Interested in being a vendor in our Holiday Marketplace?  Act now!  Space is limited.  Click below for an application or visit Ashé.

Click here for a NON-FOOD VENDOR application.

Funders: Efforts of Grace, Inc./Ashé Cultural Arts Center is funded in part by the Ford Foundation; the Nathan Cummings Foundation; the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation; the Kresge Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Greater New Orleans Foundation; the Great Resources Whereyat (GRoW) Fund; the JPMorgan Chase Foundation; HBO/Spike Lee; V-Day/Eve Ensler; the PeyBack Foundation; the National Association of Latino Arts Centers; the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center; Cox Charities; Harrah’s New Orleans Community Fund; the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation; the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation; the Edward Wisner Fund; the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy; the Webb Connect Foundation Fund; the International House of Blues Foundation; the National Performance Network; the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans; and other foundations, corporations and individuals. Efforts of Grace/Ashé CAC is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. 

Sponsors: Southwest Airlines: the official airline of Efforts of Grace, Inc./Ashé Cultural Arts Center; New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation