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Event Tue Aug 24 2010
Summertime in Chicago has become synonymous with outdoor festivals, and this year is certainly no different. The African Festival of the Arts, one of the city's largest festivals, has truly become one of the "must attend" events of the summer.
A staple event of the African International House, this four-day festival, taking place over the Labor Day holiday weekend, offers the best in African culture; in addition, the festival features a variety of vendors with unique African-themed sculptures, paintings, fashion and other forms of art. For festival producer Patrick Woodtor, this event is not only for the African community, but also for all of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. "The festival offers something for everyone and all communities in Chicago," said Woodtor. "Our mission is to educate our audiences about Africa, the cradle of civilization, while celebrating her significance and impact on mankind."
Music is also a highlight of this event; this year, the festival boasts main stage performances headlined by two R&B superstars, including Chicago native and Grammy-award winner Chaka Khan and Tito Jackson of the legendary "Jackson Five" fame; also, West African singer Angelique Kidjo will perform at the festival.
In addition, the action-packed festival will have African dance lessons, a fashion show, and music by Chicago house music DJs including Gene Hunt.
The African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park (entrance at 51st & Cottage Grove Ave.), Friday through Monday, September 3-6, 2010, from 10am to 10pm all days. Tickets are $10.00 in advance; $15.00 at the gate; for more information and a full schedule of events and performances, call (773) 955- ARTS (2787) or visit the festival's website.