African Festival of the Arts (AFA) is 29 years!
Category: Arts | Culture | Entertainment
Do you know about AFA? If not, now you do.
African Festival of the Arts is perhaps one of the longest-running and largest festivals in the Midwest centered on African Culture and Art. It is celebrated annually during the Labour Day Weekend (Labour day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September).
The festival is a cultural experience with multi-layered activities and holds in Washington Park on the Southside of Chicago, bringing thousands of visitors together in a simulated/imitated African village. AFA gives a pure cultural experience where artifacts, traditional crafts, and museum-quality art are displayed by over 250 vendors and artisans.
The festival also features African-influenced food, music, marketplace, fine art, dance traditions and so on; which can be enjoyed by both adults and children of all ages. There are also storytellers, dancers, drummers, acrobrats, magicians, clowns as well as fortunetelling, natural healing and street beats.
On the whole, the African Festival of the Arts is a four day festival of participation, education, interaction and entertainment on African art, culture and entertainment. So many artists have performed in the festival over the years icluding Wizkid from Nigeria. This year’s edition of the festival ends today September 3rd, 2018.