The African Festival at Fed Square

Theo threw me out of the house on Saturday so he could do alone Theo things (which often involves activities such as cleaning and killing spiders), so I went off into the city to attend the first African Festival at Federation Square.

It was a beautiful summer day. The sun was ruthless, but there was a wonderful, cool breeze. A 7-Eleven Coca-Cola Slurpee never tasted so good. The event got off to a slow, quiet start with a little music, a fashion show, and spoken word poetry, but it all picked up tremendously when Asanti Dance Theatre hit the stage. These guys really know how to get an audience moving. They performed and later, after a performance from the African Dance Theatre, led a drumming and dance workshop. It was great fun. There was more programming in the evening, but I didn’t stay as I had dinner plans with my family. Overall, it was a good festival especially for a first one. Next year, I hope they add stalls. I’d really love to be able to shop and taste some delicious African food.

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A spoken word artist.

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A spoken word artist.

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Louis Majiwa.

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MCs Stephanie Kabanyana and Louis Majiwa.

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Asanti Dance Theatre.

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Asanti Dance Theatre gets the crowd up and dancing.

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Asanti Dance Theatre leads drumming and dance workshops.

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Asanti Dance Theatre gets the crowd dancing.

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Everyone’s having a great time at the African Festival.

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Serious booty shaking at the African Festival.

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