African Culture Fest

African Culture Fest
January 18, 19 & 20, 2014

Mawuya (welcome)! At our 28th annual African Culture Fest, you can sample authentic goods and food from a bustling African marketplace, listen to skilled narrators tell their tales and watch exciting performances by African drummers and dancers. Activities reflect Africa’s diversity. You can even visit an African village featuring full-size huts complete with African villagers demonstrating traditional crafts and activities!

Take your passport to the four Stamping Stations located around the Rotunda and surrounding areas. Once you collect all four stamps, you receive one free All Museums Pass with the purchase of one All Museums Pass. An All Museums Pass grants you a single day entry to Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum.  
 

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Saturday, January 18

Time

Event

Location

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. African Marketplace
African merchandise for sale
Rotunda
11:30 a.m.
Animals Up Close: Anansi Stories
Join us for an up close encounter with our Tarantula, and hear some African folktales of Anansi the spider.
 
Duke
Energy Children's Museum
Noon –
4 p.m.
African home crafts      
Join African students from Xavier University as they tell stories about growing up in Africa and help you make crafts to take home.
 
Collett Gallery
Noon
Kings Local School District Music Program
 
African Village
Noon
Happen Community Canvas
Join us as we create a community canvas together by weaving pieces of a larger work of art into a section of chain link fence. 
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum Lobby
Noon African and African American Folklore
Presented by Omope Daboiku

 
African Village
12:30 p.m.
Rock-hewn Churches
Ethiopian Architectural Remains of the Middle Ages 
Presented by Professor Nnamdi Elleh, UC  
 
Cincinnati Dining Room
1 – 4 p.m. Face-painting with Robert O’Neal and Company

 

Collett Gallery
1 p.m. Inyange: Burundi dance presentation

 

Reakirt Auditorium
2 p.m.
Zimbabwe Mbira Music Workshop
Presented by Professor Stefan Fiol, College Conservatory of Music
 
African Village
2 p.m.
Drum Circle with Baoku Moses
Feel the energy ignite in the room as Baoku Moses leads us in an amazing community drum circle.
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
2 p.m.
Where in the World: Baluba Masks
Discover the masks of the Baluba tribe in Africa, and create one for yourself to celebrate seasons of change!
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
2:30 p.m. Asili Performing Arts Theatre

 

Reakirt Auditorium
3 p.m.
Young at Art: N’deble Murals
The culture of the Ndebele people is unique, especially with regard to their colorful and rich mural paintings. Join us as we create some Ndebele murals of our own!
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
3 p.m.
Kakalambalala         
African Retentions in American Folklore and textile appliqué.
 
African Village  
3:45 p.m.
The Poets Speak
Jori Ann Cotton and friends present a poetry slam round robin.
 
Reakirt Auditorium
3:30 p.m.
Nigerian Drum Workshop: learn basic drum rhythm skills
Baoku Moses presents
 
African Village
4 p.m.
Fueling Poverty (Short film presentation)
The oil subsidy placed on petroleum products in 2012 by the Nigerian government was meant to provide a much-needed relief on the cost of
living for its citizens. See what happens.
Post film discussion follows

 
Newsreel Theatre

African Culture Fest After Hours, a Special Presentation

With special guest Andrew Wutaunashe

Africa after Mandela: A Café Conversation
Join us for an evening of great conversations facilitated by African scholars, all while you enjoy scrumptious African-inspired appetizers.
Cincinnati Dining Room

Live in Concert! MbiraCats  
You know the Bearcats but have you heard of the MbiraCats? A totally new music experience from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music featuring the Mbira, a musical instrument with mythical origins from the depths of Zimbabwean culture!
Reakirt Auditorium

Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 Members, $20 non-Members. Call 513-287-7001 to buy tickets or buy tickets online and be entered into a drawing to win tickets to the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Drawing will be held at the end of the event.

Thank you to our collaborators:
Africa Foundation-USA
World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati
African Professionals Network
College Conservatory of Music
The Brueggerman Center for Dialogue
Ethiopian Association of Cincinnati
Kenya-Cincinnati Association
 

Sunday, January 19

Time

Event

Location

11 a.m.– 5 p.m.
African Marketplace
African merchandise for sale
 
Rotunda
11:30 a.m.
Animals Up Close: Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
Get up close and personal with some Madagascar Hissing cockroaches!
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
Noon – 4 p.m. Crafts for the family

 

Collett Gallery
12:30 p.m.
Kings Local School District Music Program
 
African Village
1 p.m.
Faisal and his family join the millions who have come to America in search of a better life. Only through trials and hardship, can Faisal learn the tough lessons necessary to gain ground in his new homeland. 
Post film discussion follows
 
Newsreel Auditorium
1 – 4 p.m. Face-painting with Robert O’Neal and Company

 

Collett Gallery
1:30 p.m.
Uniquely African, this combination of traditional Yoruba music and Western influences will introduce you to a musical sound like never before.
 
Reakirt Auditorium
2 p.m.
Presented by Zimbabwean Author, Rev. Andrew Wutawunashe
 
African Village
2 p.m.
Marimba music comes to life during African Culture Fest in this Performance by Kings Local School District’s Marimba ensemble

 

Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
Lobby

2 p.m.
Where in the World: Adinkra Stories
Create a piece of cloth decorated in the manner of Adinkra cloth that tells a story about yourself through symbols
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum

2:30 
p.m

The Ethiopians: life, culture and traditions
Presented by the Ethiopian Community in Cincinnati
 
African Village
3 p.m.
West African Drum and Dance showcase
Reakirt Auditorium
3 p.m.
Young at Art: N’deble Murals
The culture of the Ndebele people is unique, especially with regard to their colorful and rich mural paintings. Join us as we create some Ndebele murals of our own!
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
3:30 p.m.
African Inspirations: a watercolor learning workshop
Learn basic watercolor painting techniques using African objects
 
African Village

Monday, January 20

Time

Event

Location

10 a.m.– 5 p.m. African Marketplace
African merchandise for sale
Rotunda
Noon – 4 p.m. Crafts for the family

 

Collett Gallery
 
Noon
Alaskaland (Short Film Presentation)
Alaskaland  tells the story of Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggling to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the world around him. Post film discussion follows.
 
 
Newsreel Theater
Noon Ethiopian Fashion Presentation

 

African Village
12:30 p.m. Asili Performing Arts Theatre

 

Reakirt Auditorium
12:30 p.m.
African Folktales
Join Ms. Arnice from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as she brings to life the art of storytelling.
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
1 p.m.
Inyange: Burundi dance presentation

 

African Village
1 – 4 p.m. Face-painting with Robert O’Neal and Company

 

African Village
1:30 p.m.
African Folktales
Join Ms. Arnice from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as she brings to life the art of storytelling.
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
1:30 p.m.
African Retentions in American Folklore and textile appliqué
 
African Village
2 p.m.
Nouveau Chamber Players
Reakirt Auditorium
2:15 p.m.
The Ethiopians: life, culture and traditions
Presented by the Ethiopian Community in Cincinnati

 

Cincinnati Dining Room
 
2 p.m.
Adinkra Stories
Create a piece of cloth decorated in the manner of Adinkra cloth that tells a story about yourself through symbols.
 
Duke 
Energy Children's Museum
2:30 p.m.
African Dance Party & Workshop

 
African Village

3:30 
p.m

Presented by Zimbabwean Author, Rev. Andrew Wutaunashe
 
 
African Village
4 p.m. African American Drum and Dance Ensemble

 

Reakirt Auditorium

 

 Buy Tickets

Activities in the Rotunda and surrounding areas are free unless otherwise noted. Activities in our museums are free for Members or included with your All Museums Pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.

 

Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 18
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 19
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, January 20

 

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