The city’s Caribbean festival may have left for Baltimore, but there is one group in D.C. that still gets to put its culture on display in a summer festival.

The third annual D.C. Africa Festival will be held July 21 at Banneker Field in Northwest Washington. The idea is to introduce Washingtonians to African culture – a culture identified with by 17 percent of D.C. residents, according to the Office of African Affairs (OAA).

“The reason for the event is to raise cultural awareness for the African community in D.C.,” said Siye Ghebreyohannes, OAA official. “Basically that’s one of our goals here at OAA and by doing this festival we’re definitely connecting the African community with the whole community in D.C.”

The festival, themed “Building One City-Showcasing Africa’s History, Heritage and Interconnectedness,” will feature several African performers, including the Olu Yemisi & Company dancers, the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, and Alafia Afro Cuban Drum and Dance Co.

There will also be an African fashion presentation, arts and crafts from all corners of the African continent and African cuisine. The city’s Fire and EMS are also scheduled to administer tests for diabetes as part the festivals’ plan to promote healthy living and fitness.

Kids won’t be left out, either. There will be plenty of educational and play activities in a children’s village display.

The festival is to start at noon and continue until 6 p.m. OAA is asking anyone interested in being a vendor to contact them at 202-727-5634.

George Barnette

Special to the AFRO