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Africa Fest 2016: A festival of African Folklife

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Courtesy: African Association of Madison Courtesy: African Association of Madison
Courtesy: African Association of Madison Courtesy: African Association of Madison
Courtesy: African Association of Madison Courtesy: African Association of Madison
Courtesy: African Association of Madison Courtesy: African Association of Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- Individuals, institutions and organizations interested in African culture will want to attend Africa Fest 2016.

On Tuesday, Aggo Akeyea and Chris Jimieson stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the upcoming event.

The African Association of Madison, Inc. in collaboration with Central Park Sessions and the University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program will produce Africa Fest 2016, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Central Park in Madison.

Central Park is located in a very supportive residential area of central Madison where one can walk, bike or bus to the event. In the days leading to Africa Fest 2016, at the same venue, Central Park Sessions will produce a band session event on Thursday, August 11 and will then partner with Africa Fest producers on Friday, August 12 for a prelude band session to Africa Fest on Saturday, August 13.

Africa Fest is in its 18th year.  The Festival is a community-based cultural and educational event devoted to grassroots cultural heritage. The diverse audience expected from in and around Dane County will consist of children, students, members of academia, news media, arts enthusiasts and other members of the Madison community and its environs who are interested in learning about the rich cultures of Africa from Africans.

Africa Fest kicks off with “Strides For Africa” - a 5K run/walk for all ages, plus kid’s fun run. Registration fees for this event provide funds for our potable water well projects in rural Africa. These water projects have changed the lives of many people for the better in rural Ethiopia and Liberia.

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Click here for more information.

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