TIME CHANGE: Festival time has changed from to 1 PM-5PM on June 8th

IWE (ee-whey) Festival is an urban culture festival that boasts a vibrant array of creativity, art, and culture through literacy – on the Bluff of THE Southern University. In 2017, Councilwoman Erika Green partnered with beBATONROUGE to create an initiative to engage the Baton Rouge community in the fundamental world of literacy and reading. The IWE Festival showcases authors, local performing artists, and local vendors all in a FREE family-friendly environment. Activities for the kids are provided, including live readings from the guest speakers.

Join us on Saturday, June 8th 2019 on the Bluff at Southern University.

This year, they are smaller events that have been leading up to IWE Fest called YLE (Youth Literacy Engagement) Sessions. The purpose of YLEs is to attract families, caregivers, retired teachers, and youth to be involved  and gain useful literacy information. Each session will be held at churches and schools in the community, and will create a working space to encourage literacy, including youth literacy activities, parent focus groups, literary competition, free book distribution, speakers, and refreshments.

Youth can participate in an accelerated reading incentive program and read eight books from an African-American book list, which their progress is tracked through registering with the Cool Kids Products database, and they will receive rewards. We will have a “Parenting Pillars” presentation from Cradle 2 K, a Mayor’s Office initiative for parents to have take-away information to follow through with reading initiatives in the home, as well as a speaker presentation.  While adults are participating in presentations from guest speakers, youth will engage in literary activities conducted by volunteers.

Justin Garner is a seasoned singer-songwriter, artist, and performer. Hailing from Plaquemine, LA, he has taken his talents across the globe on television as the first winner of MTV’s Copycat and online through his sought-after YouTube channel. Garner has performed for audiences domestically opening up for notable acts such as Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fantasia, and Keri Hilson. In 2014, he debuted his music internationally and charted at #1 on iTunes Japan R&B/Soul for his album I AM.Armored with a vast discography,his 2017 EP, Into the Wild, showcased his unique genre-defying diversity and vocal range.To date, Garner has released three full-length albums—Love Passion Fury(2016),We Only Have Forever(2015), and I AM(2014). Currently, he is readying the release of his next album and recently shared the project’s first release and accompanying visual for “What’s Love Without Heartbreak.”

The B.O.B.S. (pronounced The Bobs). The acronym stands for The Band Of Brothers & Sisters. The group consists of six band members. Instruments include lead guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. The band plays a range of genres: from Soul, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Alternative, Funk, Rock, and more. They also compose original pieces as well. They are a band who enjoys the energy that surrounds us, and want to share that with others.They have been together for 4 years. They have performed at art events at Spanish Moon, Ephemeral Art Gallery,and recently performed at Universal Language’s “Gumbo Nite” at The Grind by Quarters.

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