African Heritage Festival
2017 marks the 5th anniversary of Louisville’s African Heritage Festival! Held Friday through Sunday, August 25th through 27th, the event will be a celebration of unity, culture, art and history across the African Diaspora.
On Friday at KCAAH, the Opening Ceremony will kick off the weekend with a reception and program honoring African heritage culture, history and art.
Saturday’s African Heritage Festival will be a joyous event for the whole family with great food, music, dance, sports, theater, fashion, cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, resources for healthy living and so much more. What a great way to honor African, African-American and Caribbean cultures in Louisville and add to the revitalization efforts in the historic Russell neighborhood. All activities are free and open to the public. Some highlights include:
• a parade of marching bands, dance teams, bicycle groups, community organizations and more down Muhammad Ali Blvd. starting at 9th Street and ending at 18th Street where the festival will take place in front of the KCAAH
• a soccer tournament held at Champions Park organized by KOSSA featuring 10 teams from at least 5 states with players representing 20 countries of origin
• a street basketball tournament presented by KOSSA and the organizers of the Dirt Bowl
• the widely beloved Books & Breakfast at the festival
• a how-to fair with community members teaching useful and fun things
• live entertainment from 12-6:30pm
• “Under the Story Tree” storytelling fest
• Children’s activities from 11am-7pm
• Food, merchandise and informational vendors from across the city and the surrounding region
Rounding our the weekend on Sunday at 2:30pm the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage presents Sankofa Dance Theater :Invoke...Called by the Ancestors." Sankofa Dance Theater, based in Baltimore, presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. The company's work is rooted in healing and bringing intercultural understanding to the global village while staying true to the definition of the word "Sankofa" - which means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future. Special performance by local poets Hannah Drake and Tytianna Smith.