New Orleans Loving Festival

The New Orleans Loving Festival™ is a multiracial community celebration and film festival that challenges racism through outreach and education. The Loving Festival is an important community platform for showcasing films and other creative works that explore racial stereotypes and inspire people to work together for racial justice.

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Category: Arts & Culture
Parish: Orleans
The New Orleans Loving Festival is on the front lines of festivals created to fight racism, and build a community of creative people inspired to work toward racial justice. Between June 2nd and 12th, the Loving Festival coordinates a series of community building events that explore race and identity issues, and challenge racism/white supremacy. Loving Festival programs have included: films, comedy shows, art exhibitions, healing circles, workshops, concerts, poetry circles, youth essay competitions, readings, book signing events, and a annual Loving Day Ice Cream Social.

The New Orleans Loving Festival is an initiative of Charitable Film Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The festival was inspired by the actions of a Hammond, LA Justice of the Peace who refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple in 2009. The Loving Festival is modeled after Loving Day celebrations across the country, that organize people to fight racial prejudice and build multicultural community. The festival also honors the legacy of Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple whose 1967 landmark civil rights lawsuit "Loving v Virginia" ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.

"With contemporary politics and culture causing such divisions across society, an event like the New Orleans Loving Festival has never been more needed. Designed to challenge racism and bigotry by bringing creative people together to work towards social justice for racial minorities, the summer festival serves as a platform for films, art and literature that promote the cause of race relations through their messaging and content. After parties and comedy nights ensure the festival also has a fun and light-hearted side, while gospel concerts also feature on the packed programme. WHEN 2-12 June WHERE Venues across New Orleans"

TRAVEL MAGAZINE - "Best festivals in New Orleans and Louisiana"