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OAA Set to Host 3rd Annual DC Africa Festival

Monday, September 10, 2012

OAA Set to Host 3rd Annual DC Africa Festival

The DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (OAA) will hold the 3rd Annual D.C. Africa Festival on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 12pm to 7pm. Building on the success of the past two years of this festival, we are pleased to continue this burgeoning tradition of celebrating African culture while emphasizing the contributions and presence of the African community in the District of Columbia.

“The District of Columbia has one of the most vibrant and diverse African communities in the country, with African residents and businesses contributing not only to the cultural fabric but also to the economic stability of the city,” said Mayor Gray. “The Annual DC Africa Festival is truly a wonderful and vibrant event that displays the diversity and vibrancy of the District’s African communities; it’s an event I look forward to each year!”

This year’s festival theme is “Building One City - Showcasing Africa’s History, Heritage and Interconnectedness.” This theme reflects Mayor Vincent Gray’s vision of building “One City” in which all residents thrive together, and brings to life the goals of OAA’s Multicultural Awareness and Community Building program aimed at promoting greater connection among the District’s ethnically diverse communities of African descent, as well as showcasing the cultural contributions of Africa to the rich multiculturalism of the larger DC community.

“The District of Columbia is not only rich in culture but also in opportunity, especially for small businesses and social entrepreneurs. It is wonderful to be able to display the wealth of African cultures in the District and highlight the connection between all people of African descent who live in the city,” said Director Ngozi Nmezi.

The 3rd Annual DC Africa Festival will feature a variety of exciting and enriching activities for all ages: an eclectic lineup of modern and folkloric musical performances influenced by African musical traditions; an Africa-inspired Wellness Pavilion promoting healthy living and fitness, educational and fun activities in the Children’s Village and the African Culture Hut, a Fashion Presentation featuring creativity and designs from across the African diaspora. There will also be arts & crafts vendors, as well as food vendors bringing the best African cuisine DC has to offer.

To promote greater access to services, the festival will also feature a Government & Community Resources Pavilion where federal, local and nonprofit agencies will share information and resources available to the African community.

We are happy to invite you to be a part of this grand event. Should you require more information, please contact OAA at 202-727-5634, or our website: www.oaa.dc.gov. Find key event details below:

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Time: 12 pm – 7pm
Location: Banneker Field 2500 Georgia Avenue NW, upper softball field Washington, DC 20001

Rain Location:  Franklin D. Reeves Center 2000 14th Street, 1st Floor, NW Washington, DC 20009

Registration: Free

RSVP: Required, at http://africafestival.eventbrite.com/
Event Page: www.oaafestival.weebly.com
Event Updates: https://twitter.com/dcmayoroaa