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First Friday: Wayna & BlackStar Film Festival

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Friday, August 2, 6 – 9pm


$35; National, Patron, and Contributor members and students $10; Supporters and Sustainers free

About the Event

Enjoy an evening of art, live music, cocktails, and light fare at our monthly First Friday mixer. Tonight’s program is presented in partnership with BlackStar Film Festival, an annual celebration of the visual storytelling traditions of the African diaspora, showcasing films by Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists from around the world.

Our collaboration with BlackStar features a night of music by Ethiopian-born, Washington, DC–raised R&B and soul singer Wayna. Her Grammy-nominated music celebrates her cultural background and influences like Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu. Wayna has released three albums, toured the world with her band, and shared the stage with artists like Stevie Wonder. An elected national trustee of the Grammys, she co-created the new category Best Song for Social Change.

Plus, catch the world premiere of Wayna’s newest music video “Good on Paper,” directed by BlackStar founder Maori Holmes, and dance to beats by DJ JAMZ on the West Terrace.

Live music sets: 6:30 & 7:45pm
DJ JAMZ on the West Terrace: 7 – 9pm

First Friday at the Barnes includes access to the first-floor collection galleries, Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes, and Visions.
This year’s BlackStar Film Festival takes place August 1–4. Learn more at

Seating is limited. Cocktails and light fare are available for purchase.

In the mood for something heartier? The Garden Restaurant is open for dinner during First Friday. Make a reservation for Friday, August 2, between 6 and 8pm.


Tonight’s program is presented in partnership with BlackStar Film Festival.