A Festival to Remember
June 16-18, 2022 marked LANGSTON’s fourth-annual “We Out Here” festival, celebrating Black existence and excellence in the Seattle area. Local nonprofit LANGSTON partnered with Friends of Waterfront Seattle to take “We Out Here” to Pier 62 for a larger community celebration. From 2-6 p.m. on June 18, the pier boomed with music and the smell of fresh southern comforts drew in crowds that reached nearly 2,000 people. The pier was adorned with a mini soccer field, dance floor, giant chess mats, black business spotlights, and even spin cycles — all in honor of Juneteenth.
Hit the Ground Running
In the weeks leading up to the event, Anchor connected with local print, online and radio media to send out promotions, secure live broadcasting and streaming for the event from ZTwins Radio and Converge Media, and scheduled interviews with LANGSTON representatives. Graphics detailing information about the event were circulated to the public via media and local churches in various formats, alongside two press releases. Working alongside the WA Department of Health (DOH), Anchor also secured a mobile COVID-19 vaccination site for the event.
The Day That Was
Prior to the event’s start, Anchor’s on-site team assisted with set up, provided hospitality riders for Converge staff, and communicated with DOH to ensure needs were met.
The event featured performances from JusMoni, Stas Thee Boss, TAQUEET$!, The Mahogany Project and Larry Mizell Jr. Food trucks from Dat Creole Soul, SoSo Good, All City Ice Cream and The Donut Mama were available to serve attendees and passersby. The event also spotlighted two Black, women-owned businesses: Ola Wyola and Nia Onelove.