Inception of FestAfrica
In 2003, during one of their monthly Sunday meetings, members of the Nigerian Youth Association decided they wanted to have an event that would display their African culture and be a source of pride. They decided to put together a Nigerian Festival called “Naija Fest”. The festival started out in a small park in Baltimore County, MD. In 2006, they out grew the park and moved to a new location at Patterson Park, Baltimore City. The festival became Baltimore’s Official African festival and was included in the Mayor’s Showcase of Nations Celebration. In 2008, we changed the festival name from Naija Fest to FestAfrica to reflect the diverse members of the planning committee and to become an all-African nations’ festival. In 2011, FestAfrica moved to Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD. The relocation to Silver Spring propelled our festival growth because of the location in the heart of Silver Spring, a large population of Africans who reside in Montgomery County, and overall cultural diversity in the community.
Purpose of FestAfrica
The primary purpose of FestAfrica is to celebrate African culture and heritage in Maryland though authentic music, dance, arts and crafts, food, and fashion.
Goals of FestAfrica
- Bring Africans together to celebrate our culture and heritage
- Educate the community non-Africans about Africa’s traditional and contemporary art forms
- Highlight African youth initiatives within our community
- Provide African and local vendors and opportunity to display their talents and goods
- Promote diversity and interactions within the community
Do you want to join us?
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Would you like to donate to our association and fund our Free African Festival “FestAfrica”? You can do so via paypal HERE or join our “Keep FestAfrica Alive” Campaign http://www.gofundme.com/festafrica2015 (All donations are tax-deductible)
We appreciate your donation!