The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration programming includes a variety of events designed to attract local residents, regional, national and international travelers. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration events incorporate the many facet of the Gullah culture. Visitors have an opportunity to experience the food and music, receive firsthand, historical information and take a journey through the culture via the visual arts.
The Taste of Gullah, sponsored in part by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina offers classic Gullah favorites and cultural entertainment. The Arts, Crafts and Food Expo offers cultural demonstrations, i.e., sweet grass baskets sewing, and fishnet weaving. Vendors participate in this event selling authentic Gullah and African crafts as well as an offering of all traditional Gullah foods. Entertainment includes storytellers, African dance and Gospel music. Gospel concerts feature gospel music, Negro spirituals and highlight the history of music as it developed among the Gullah people.
Established in 1996, the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is an annual event held during the month of February. Since its inception, the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration was designed to create economic development opportunities for minority business owners, to develop the cultural tourism market and to increase tourism in February on Hilton Head Island, historically the slowest month of the year. While consistently meeting the intended objectives the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration continues annually to strategic assess opportunity for continued growth and expansion. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is an initiative of the Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association, Inc. Native Islanders Property Owners Association The Hilton Head Island Native Community, which is located primarily in Ward I, has four Property Owners Associations (POA’s). These POA’s keep the residents abreast of local, state and national issues impacting them and their communities. Listed below are the POA’s and their Presidents:
- Baygall, Mitchellville, Big Hill and Grassland POA Louis Rivers, President
- Chaplin/Marshland POA Dot Law, President Dot Law, Marshland-Chaplin POA
- Spanish Wells/Jonesville POA Mr. Irvin Campbell, President
- Stoney/Squire Pope POA Ms. Veronica Miller, President