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African Festival of Arts 2022

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E. 51st Street and S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60615

The 33rd Annual African Festival of the Arts (AFA) returns Labor Day Weekend to Chicago’s historic Washington Park in the heart of the south side’s museum district and future home of the Obama Presidential

The end-of-summer celebration of Black cultural arts re-emerges, following a two-year hiatus, under the theme “Back to Culture. Back to Tradition”. All are invited to the affordable and family friendly Black cultural arts immersive experience in Washington Park. The culturally rich interactive event brings the art, sights, tastes, sounds and spirituality of African Diaspora global cultures to Chicago - all amid a replicated African village! Non-stop entertainment representing the full arc of global Black music expression will be featured on two stages.

Chicago’s own “Empress of Soul” TERISA GRIFFIN will launch the “Harambee” reunion celebration with her soul stirring rendition of R&B favorites. Nigerian artists dominate Saturday night with REMA who rose to fame with his “Iron Man” release which Barack Obama had on his 2019 summer playlist. The twin Nigerian brothers of P-SQUARE, PETER and PAUL OKOYE, are back together for their Chicago festival performance. Gospel sensation ERICA CAMPBEL holds her own on Sunday with the CHICAGO MASS CHOIR and THE VICTORY TRAVELERS. The R&B award nominated SWV (Sisters with Voices) will rock the park and bridge the continents through song with South African mega-star (TBA Aug1) for the final African Festival of the Arts 2022 “Harambee” performance Monday night.

Visit *www.AIHUSA.orgfor additional performance and ticket information about the 33rd annual Africa International House Gala and African Festival of the Arts.

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