Cultural festivals bring history alive, like a skeleton found underneath your house. Dig up the past with this Groupon.
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- $8 for a one-day passes for two (up to a $40 value)
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The four-day celebration of African arts takes place at Washington Park from Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2. This year’s festival features pavilions highlighting South African wines, traditional drums, health and wellness, and fine arts.<p>
African Festival of the Arts
Founded by Liberia-born business leader P. Saingbey K. Woodtor nearly a quarter-century ago, the African Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts and culture of African diaspora in Chicago. Past years have seen performances by such legendary acts as George Clinton, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, and James Brown, and every year features a world's worth of food. Nigerian egusi, Senegalese wolof rice, Caribbean jerk chicken, and even Cajun and soul food from the US all have their spots at the food pavilion.
But the real stars of the annual show are the fine arts and the artists who make them, be they painters, sculptors, jewelers, or wood carvers. In all these ways, the festival gives Chicagoans a glimpse of Africa without the need for plane tickets or risking the climb inside the time machine your cousin "invented."