The African Studies Center (ASC) in collaboration with campus partners plan to hold Africa Fest, a celebration of African culture, art and history. This family event, the first of its kind on campus, will take place on Saturday, November 13, starting at 12 noon at the FedEx Global Education Center.
The one-day community event will highlight information, culture and artistry of the continent. There will be a panel conversation on ‘Notions of Global Blackness, Black Transnationalism and the Cultural Politics of Black Identity(ies). Highlights of Africa Fest include music by the charismatic afrobeat and soca cultural ambassador, DJ Jahlion, performances by Alsarah and the Nubatones, Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, poetry by Poet Laureate of Chapel Hill CJ Suitt, and drum ensemble by Pline Mounzeo. The panel session will be led by Prof. Joseph Jordan and the event will be opened by Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs, Prof. Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld.
Africa Fest 2021 offers our community an immersive opportunity to engage with the rich contemporary cultures of the continent. It will present opportunities to engage in conversations on the topic of global blackness, and the black identity – hopefully advancing inclusivity and representation.
We hope to expand community engagement that informs, and extends interests and knowledge about contemporary Africa, and builds a ‘community that welcomes everywhere’, a priority for UNC-CH leadership.
Limited private drumming sessions for 5 families/groups. Sign uphere.
There’ll be a food truck. Come with your flags, mats, blankets, dancing shoes and a lot of good vibes. This family friendly event promises to be a lot of fun!
Get your free tickets here.