African Festival of the Art begins today in Washington Park


Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage to join Taylor Bennett tonight after Wizkid becomes ill

The 28th Annual African Festival of the Arts (AFA) is underway in historic Washington Park.  The four-day Festival of African culture including food, displays of art and artifacts opened its doors today at 1 p.m. Tonight’s entertainment line-up has changed after Nigeria’s Afrobeats entertainer Wizkid took ill.  Joining independent artist Taylor Bennett  be celebrated Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage. 

Reggae Artist Wayne Wonder will perform on Saturday, September 2; Sunday, September 3 lyricist, singer, musician, producer, poet, and songwriter, Wyclef Jean, will take the stage; and on Monday, September 4 the preeminent band of funk, boogie and disco era, Heatwave will close out the weekend.

AFA is the largest event of its kind held in the U.S. with a focus on African arts and culture drawing individuals and families from across the country to the Festival grounds in Washington Park. Over 300 vendors and artisans will present artifacts, textiles, traditional crafts, and museum-quality art.  Enjoy the African-influenced food, music and dance traditions during an entertainment-rich, family-focused celebration unlike any other in the Midwest.  Patrons can sample the tastes of the Diaspora in the Bank of the Nile Food Court.  For the shoppers, there will be museum-quality collectible artifacts, colorful and richly hand-woven fabric and textiles, jewelry and of course art work.

Sponsors of the 2017 African Festival of the Arts include: Chicago Park District, American Family Insurance, ComEd, Next Level Health, Argo, People’s Gas, JB for Governor, Gift of Hope, and PNC Bank.  Media partners include: Comcast, NBC Universal, WVON, Bronzecomm, The Chicago Defender Chicago Citizen and Chicago Crusader newspapers, AfroZons/Power 92, StepNorth, and Senior Talk with Clara Hubbard.

Festival tickets include all entertainment, and entertainment may change without notice.   Click here for advanced purchase.  There are discounts for seniors, as well as four-day and VIP passes.  Children under five are free. Learn more about the Festival by visiting this link.  Follow us on all social media outlets using the hashtag #AFAChi.

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About African International House

The mission of Africa International House (AIH) is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all people to the individual works, and collective contributions, of African cultures. Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts, and through other activities that promote African-based culture.

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