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The 2011 7th Annual African Arts in the Park at Point Sate Park, Downtown Pittsburgh

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The 2011 7th Annual African Arts in the Park at Point Sate Park, Downtown Pittsburgh

Time: August 13, 2011 from 11am to 7pm
Location: Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh
City/Town: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Website or Map: http://www.africanartsinthepa…
Phone: 412 224 4086
Event Type: public, event
Organized By: Umoja African Arts Company
Latest Activity: Aug 9, 2011

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The 2011 7th Annual African Arts in the Park Festival appeals to people of all backgrounds and the performance and presentation of African Art is a strong contribution to the cultural district of Pittsburgh. The Main Stage will be filled with African and African Diaspora music and dance. Attendees can bring their chairs and blankets and hear live bands. They will be entertained by such dance genres from the African countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, the Republic of Guinea, and Senegal. Various music genres include Brazilian samba, Gospel, Jazz, and R & B. Performers are locally based and include Afrika Yetu, Balafon West African Dance Company, Deryck Tines Gospel Singers, House of Soul, Kevin Howard, Mehira Raqs, Spirit Filled Ministries, Tam Tam Magic, and Timbeleza.

The Culture Hut will offer interactive demonstrations such as Batik Making by Saihou Njie, a lesson on West African Masks and Stools by Umoja African Arts Company, African Drum Making and Storytelling by Temujin, African Dance by Elie Kihonia, and North African belly dancing. New this year is the Lest We Forget Traveling Slavery Museum from Philadelphia, which will exhibit slavery artifacts. The Health Hut, sponsored by Central Blood Bank, will present informational sessions which focus on diseases that affect the African & African-American community in Pittsburgh. Topics include, but are not limited to AIDS/HIV and medical coverage for women in prison.

We encourage a visit to our Children's Hut. There will be PNC Grow Up Great, Spanish & French Arts & Crafts, Children's Museum activities, African storytelling & mask making, jewelry making, face painting, tattoo artists, petting zoo, and a bounce house. New this year will be a showcase of the Hear Me Project sponsored through Carnegie Mellon Universities Robotics Institute. The Ulaji Mart (Swahili for food and drink) will serve a variety of American and international food. The Soko (Swahili for marketplace) will have several vendors from "I Made It Market" selling crafts, art, and clothing.

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