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Events: African Culture Fest

By Maija Zummo · January 12th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

The Cincinnati Museum Center celebrates the 25th anniversary of African Culture Fest and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a three-day party. This “Passport to the World” event kicks off Saturday with an “African Village” set up in the rotunda; tales from professional storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku; Oh Freedom! (the Cincinnati Opera’s musical tribute to African-American history); National Geographic’s giant map of Africa (“Know Africa!”); and a performance by the Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance Theatre.

Sunday, the storytelling, music and dance continue with a performance by Roger Bacon’s Step-N-Unity Dance Team; a performance by the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company; spoken word by JaHipster; and “Gospel Fest.” Monday, local poet/artist Annie Ruth presents “Dare to Dream,” followed by an African fashion show and Bantaba: Celebrating 25 Years of African Culture Fest, which honors those who have contributed to African Culture Fest over the years (complimenting an exhibit of the same name in the John A. Ruthven Gallery). A dance and drum ensemble will close this year’s festival at 4:30 p.m. Monday. And open all three days is the African marketplace with merchandise, goods, crafts and authentic African cuisine.

Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Get venue details and find nearby bars and restaurants here.



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