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Barrett Keithley, Featured Artist

CASE Grammy Award Nominee

Syleena Grammy-Award Winning

Samiam The MC

Rafiya, Congo Democratic Republic


Akeju, Singer & Songwriter

EVANCE Singer & Songwriter

Frayne Vibez, Singer, Producer

Tricia Tribble

Steph Staa

MudCity Blu, Blues Band

The Douglass Singers, Quartet Gospel Group

The Victory Travelers, Quartet Gospel Group

The Stars of Heaven Quartet Gospel Group



Barrett Keithley

African Festival Of The Arts is Celebrating and adding Spotlight on Barrett Keithley a multi-disciplined artist. He creates works of art that speaks to the story of his upbringing on Chicago’s south side known as the “Wild Hundreds.” He began creating to bring and create resources for his community. He ...

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Drum Village

Celebrating The Drum!. The Dance. The Experience, an exploration of the influence African and African-American heritage had on the cultural arts in Chicago for more than 40 years. This pavilion showcases interactive music education sessions and cultural performances rooted in African traditions; historical artifacts, photos; performances; and demonstrations by artistic ...

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Our rich and authentic Marketplace offerings attract national attention.  The African Festival of the Arts is the mission sustaining program for Africa International House: “...that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. …” All products and/or services offered for sale or presented ...

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African Spiritual & Ancestral Grove

The African Festival of the Arts was founded to celebrate the collective ancestry and rich cultural traditions of Africans throughout the Diaspora. The general belief of "we are because they (our ancestors) were" was the impetus for creating a venue where our ancestors could be venerated through the art created ...

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Needles and Threads hosts the Quilting Pavilion to showcase the ageless tradition that has cultural significance across the African Diaspora. From slave codes to storytelling, quilting seamlessly connected generations of Africans to the Motherland. Festival-goers can visit the Quilting Pavilion to learn about the craft, gain insight to the intricate ...

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