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The 33rd Annual African Festival of the Arts Returns Labor Day weekend to Chicago’s historic Washington Park

Chicago’s largest celebration of Black culture returns following a two-year hiatus, under the theme “Back to Culture. Back to Tradition”. This family-friendly cultural arts celebration brings the art, music, sights, tastes, and sounds of Africa to Chicago – all in a replicated African village in the heart of Chicago’s south side!

Non-stop entertainment representing the full arc of global Black music expression will be featured on two stages with Kenya’s CHAI TULANI, jazz vocalists MEGAN MCNEAL & JERICHO, spoken word artist JANEFF THE POET, Chicago’s “Empress of Soul” Terisa Griffin, Nigeria’s Rema & P-Square, gospel sensations Erica Campbell, the Victory Travelers & the Chicago Mass Choir! Award nominated SWV & Johnathan Butler from South Africa close out the celebration Monday night.

The festival’s gated grounds are a safe zone for children who can witness extraordinary sites like the towering S.P.I.R.I.T. Stilt Walkers or engage activities from computer coding to arts and crafts with the Betty Shabazz Academy. New and experienced musicians are invited to the Drum Circle where hypnotic rhythms will revitalize you and inspire the dancer in you! Discover natural healing practices and learn from the masters in the Spiritual, Health and Wellness Pavilions in the Ancestral Grove that feature interactive activities including cycling, yoga, meditation, and Zumba dancing!

African Festival of the Arts

Get first edition signed books and hear from noted authors and poets in the Authors & Book Pavilion. See films by local and internationally known filmmakers in the Cinema & Black Storytelling Pavilion. Spice up your palette with culinary delights of the African diaspora from Jollof rice to plantains and cassava greens along the Bank of the Nile Food Court. Purchase collectible fine visual arts and meet the artists in the Fine Art and Quilt Pavilions. Shop for authentic museum quality textiles, Shona stone sculptures and wood carvings that are desired for high-end interior design. Add wearable art, leather crafts and hand-made unique jewelry by acclaimed designers to your personal and heirloom collections. Learn about African culture and current topics of interest in the Heritage Pavilion during daily international internet-based conversations.

This eclectic end-of-summer gathering has something for everyone!  For tickets and more information: Visit:

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