The 1st Annual African Festival of Boston

Boston City Hall

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On Saturday July 17, Boston City Hall Plaza will become the heart of Africa. People from all over New England will come to celebrate Africa's rich heritage. This day of celebration will also be a day of education and turning the page on 50 years of negative perceptions of Africa. Did you know that Africa is turning 50? In the 1960s, 31 African countries, from the North (Algeria) to the South (Malawi) to the East (Kenya) to the West (Ivory Coast) to the Center (Central African Republic) achieved independence from colonial rule. Today, the sounds of freedom are ringing as these countries mark their 50 years of independence. To make this sound ring around the world, the Shalupe foundation (www.shalupe.org), in collaboration with the festival committee, is organizing the First African Festival in Boston. Boston's First African Festival aims to inform the Greater Boston and New England community about all the resources and tools this great country has to offer as we look forward to the next 50 years. Come and collaborate to strengthen the African community this summer. The vision of the festival is to celebrate Africa and place it in the limelight. The underlying message is to give a platform to everyone in the African community...like they have never had before. Thousands of people will be crossing our paths that day. Anyone who has a business, organization, etc. that needs a push, let them know. Shalupe is setting up the stage for the African community in MA to soar. This festival will also (if embassy representatives attend) help boost tourism to our respective countries. Fifty years of negativity is long, especially after independence. Clarification on the Goals of the Festival: We will all come together at this festival to make a positive impression. We are here. Let's make ourselves known, and have a strong voice as a community as we celebrate our diverse music, dance, and foods. The festival will kick off with a drum call parade starting at 10am at Boston Common and proceeding to Boston City Hall Plaza where there will be a full day of musical and cultural performances from local and international African bands. Highlights will include performances by world-renowned artists Teeyah (Cote d'Ivoire) and Bouro Mpela (DRC).
  • Event Category Other Dance , Community Service, Fairs and Festivals
  • Event Cost Free
  • Event Ages All

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Boston City Hall

One City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201

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(617) 227-1528

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