The 28th Annual African Festival of the Arts

September 8, 2017

The 28th Annual African Festival of the Arts was held in Washington Park on Friday September 1, 2017 through Monday September 4, 2017 Labor Day Holiday Weekend. The African Festival is one of the largest and longest- running festivals in the Midwest. The 2017 festival theme was “Respect” and the Grand BaBa was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr, Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ. The festival featured three stages of live music and visitors got to experience some of the African Culture and Heritage by way of museum quality and collectible artifacts, colorful and rich hand-woven fabric and textile, and other program spaces and Interactive spaces which included Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace. Over 300 vendors participated and new this year was the Argus Brewery Beer Garden Daily Day Party by Allison Jordan Events.

The festival theme nights included: Friday- Millennials Night, Saturday- Reggae Block Party, Sunday- Inspirational Night, and Monday- Soul Fest. Headliners were Taylor Bennett, Wayne Wonder, Wyclef Jean & Heatwave. Local artists & groups such as Precise, Sandy Redd & The TUCC Choir were definite treats for the audience.

Sponsors for the 2017 African Festival of the Arts included: The Chicago Park District, ComEd, Next Level Health, Argo, Allison Jordan Events and PNC Bank.
You can find out more about the festival at www.aihusa.org. Twitter @AfricanFestChi Facebook: AfricanFestivalofthe Arts , Instagram: @africanfestivalchicago
The African Festival of the Arts is fun for the entire family. See you next year!