Celebrating culture at the African Festival of the Arts

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For the 28th year the African Festival of the Arts is back in Chicago. (WLS)

For the 28th year the African Festival of the Arts is back in Chicago! It's one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the Midwest focusing on African art and culture. The event brings tens of thousands of people to Washington Park over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Admission is $20 at the gate.

Visitors can immerse themselves as they step into an authentic African village. Over 300 vendors and artisans offer artifacts, traditional crafts, and museum-quality art. You can also enjoy African-influenced food, music and dance traditions that are perfect for kids and adults of all ages. The Festival boasts five distinct areas each representing a center of culture and commerce on the African Continent: Nubia (fine arts); Kush (wearable arts); Songhay (African arts & crafts, collectibles and natural products); Timbuktu (African fabric and fashions); and Bank of the Nile (food court). Along with the wonderful experience, visitors can see and hear stars from the this year's musical headliners: Wyclef Jean, Wizkid, Taylor Bennett, Wayne Wonder, and Heatwave. Shaffdeen A. Amuwo, the board chair of the African International House, joined ABC 7 live from Washington Park to talk all about the African Festival of the Arts.
Event: 28th Annual African Festival of the Arts
Date: September 1 - 4
Hours: Friday 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sat - Mond 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Address: Washington Park, Entrance at 51st and Cottage Grove
Admission: $20 at the gate; $15 if purchased online at http://www.africanfestivalchicago.com.

Links: http://www.aihusa.org, http://www.africanfestivalchicago.com

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