The African Festival of the Arts continues its legacy of connecting cultures and celebrating the rich African heritage.
In a statement made available to the press, producers Aflik Tv revealed that this year’s African Festival of the Arts will host a free virtual event with pre-recorded live performances and flashback.
The 31st Annual African Arts Festival virtual festival will target a global audience and will be broadcast on Facebook Live and the newly revamped AIH (AFA) website on Saturday 5 September and Sunday 6 September starting at 4 pm every day.
The online event will include prerecorded live performances from Syleena Johnson and CASE, and will also feature flashback performances from some of the incredible talents who have graced the AFA stage during its 30-year history, including Chaka Khan, James Brown and many more.
As they have throughout the history of the Festival, they will recognize Grand Baba and Grand Yéyé from the 2020s. The show schedule is as follows: Saturday, September 5, 4:00 p.m.
The festival’s opening ceremony will be hosted by AFA founder Patrick Woodtor and Africa International House Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shaffdeen Amuwo, Ph.D.
“The health and well-being of the Festival sponsors is our utmost concern,” says Dr. Amuwo, Chairman of the Board. “Recognizing the restrictions that COVID-19 imposes on all of us, we wanted to share our rich archive of performances both locally and globally, while also showing some live performances. “
Art always plays a key role in the AFA, and this year’s Festival artwork is particularly important as the world is experiencing a racial justice reckoning sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The mission of the event is to create inspiring works of art that support equality and show that Black Lives Matter. Keithley and his group of artists have painted more than 50 buildings to date, mainly on the south and west sides of the city.