Market

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 at the festival must support and reflect this intent. We are

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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 by their descendants. The Ancestral Grove is the spiritual center

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Quilting

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 stitching and techniques like appliqué, piecing and embroidery. Enjoy the

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Art Exhibitions

This art exhibition will feature 30 images spanning the 30 years of the African Festival of the Arts captured by the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers (CAAAP). There will also be a video presentation showcasing some 500 additional images from the event done by the CAAAP. The exhibit includes images of community residents, professionals, spiritualists, vendors, sponsors, students, political

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