The African Festival of the Arts runs over Labor Day weekend August 29 – September 1 in Washington Park located at 5100 S. Cottage Grove. It is presented by Africa International House and Chrysler Financial. This is not the racetrack, Washington Park, but one of Chicago’s legacy of grand parks. There is plenty of nearby parking, but you can find out how to get there on public transporation, too.
Music & More
The Festival theme, Nuah Woo, is from the Kpelle language of Liberia and translates as, Voice of the Community. This year marks the 19th year of this festival, which includes music, spoken word, poetry, a market with goods from all over what is the called the African Diaspora community. The festival aims to see people of the Diaspora become part of the culture and the larger scheme of society, while maintaining and celebrating all their unique contributions.
Produced by Africa International House , Inc. the African Festival of the Arts is the only one of its kind in the city. Whether you want to expand your collection of African fine art or purchase your first original art piece, there are artists and artistry for you. If you are just looking to be out and about, this is a fine way to learn about and celebrate African culture and traditions cultivated throughout the African Diaspora.
Explore the Festival grounds at renowned Washington Park , wander through the virtual African village, with pavilions featuring interactive experiences with artists and artisans sharing their gifts and talents.There will be community forums and village meetings to discuss social and cultural issues. Check out the three stages,
The Festival also highlights a virtual marketplace of over 300 vendors selling their wares. Shoppers will discover amazing treasures including fine sculpture; beaded furniture; jewelry and gem stones; fashions; health and skin care products; hand woven fabrics and textiles; museum-quality African art; original fine art and more. The cultural specific pavilions present educational, engaging and entertaining programs. Much like a bona fide African marketplace, the savvy shopper always negotiates until the price is right!
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