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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Summer Is Here & It's Time to Get Some Culture!

Today marks the first day of the
38th Annual International African Arts Festival (IAAF).

Many Brooklynites may remember this event being held on the old track of
Boys and Girls High School. A few years back it was moved over to
Commodore Barry Park near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


Each day of the event, there are live performances of all kinds; music, dance and spoken word and an African Marketplace with an array of vendors. There are also great food vendors and I'll be sure to get my annual fish dinner and some jerk wings from somebody. OOO, I can't wait!

The African Arts Festival is a wonderfully kid friendly also, with face painting, arts and crafts areas and some rides for kiddies as well as story telling.

You can view the full schedule of events over at the IAAF website.

Of course there is African culture galore to be seen and absorbed while there as well. On the Saturday, the 4th at 8 pm the Universal African Drum & Dance Ensemble will perform on the Ola Stage. They are extremely talented company and are sure to please.

The last time I saw them they has a little boy on the drums that was truly
Tre Cutacious and talented as all get out!

The suggested donation for this event is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children but you are more than welcome to give more in order to support future events.

The IAAF is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deducible.

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