African Culture Fest

Presented by Luxottica

Mawuya (welcome) to our annual African Culture Fest! On Monday, Jan. 19, 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. You can even visit an African village featuring full-size huts complete with African villagers demonstrating traditional crafts and activities!

10 a.m. -
5 p.m.

African Marketplace
African merchandise for sale.

Noon –
4 p.m.

African crafts for the family
Collett Gallery


Kokorodza Marimba Ensemble
Join Kings Local School District’s music ensemble for a concert and workshop on this popular Southern Africa musical instrument.
African Village    



12:30 p.m.

Asili Performing Arts Theatre
West African Drum & Dance
Reakirt Auditorium

1 p.m.

Jambo Watoto
Annie Ruth shares African-inspired interactive music and songs that celebrate positive self-expression.
Duke Energy Children's Museum

1 – 4 p.m.

Face-painting with Robert O’Neal and Company
Collett Gallery

1:30 p.m.

Kakalambalala Storytelling with Omope Daboiku
African Retentions in American Folklore
Newsreel Theater

1:30 p.m.

Jazz of the Post-WWII Era
Join Jazz Renaissance to explore the relationship between the music and the social and political developments of the civil rights era.
African Village

1:40 p.m.

I Can Read My Drum
Join artist Annie Ruth to create mixed media and collage drums that honor reading and African culture.
Duke Energy Children's Museum

2 p.m.

From African to Venezuela
Popular Latin dance groups take us on a journey showing the movement of Africans and the rhythm and dance heritage they brought to Latin America.
Reakirt Auditorium

2:30 p.m.

The Poets Speak
Jori Ann Cotton and Elementz present spoken word grand slam.
Newsreel Theater

3 p.m.

Ethiopia: Life, Culture and Traditions
Join the Ethiopian community for an Ethiopian fashion presentation and insights into some notable Ethiopian rituals and cultural traditions.
African Village

4:15 p.m.

MbiraCats in Concert
CCM's Zimbabwean music ensemble, directed by Dr. Stefan Fiol
African Village



4:30 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.


Win a Passport to Culture Family Board Game!

Dig deeper into African culture! Take your passport to the four Stamping Stations located around the Rotunda and surrounding areas. Once you collect all four stamps, claim your prize (available while supplies last) at the Passport table and enter to win a Passport to Culture board game for your family!

Passport Station #1 (Moja): Musical Instruments
Learn about the Mbira music of Zimbabwe and how it provided inspiration to a country at a time of need. You might even want to try and thumb a tune or two! We invite you to listen to the music Mbira makes.

Passport Station #2 (Mbili): African Textiles
You know of the mud cloth from West Africa, but have you ever heard of the Zambia from Southern Africa? See how this cloth is used in versatile ways across most Southern African countries.

Passport Station #3 (Tatu): African Spices
Wonder what an African kitchen smells like? Join Sabina as she talks about some spices in her popular African cooking. Smell and see if you can identify any of the spices.

Passport Station #4 (Nne)
Congratulations! You've just earned your final stamp and qualify to enter into a drawing for an amazing family game!