Enjoy African art, music, dance, food and cultural connections at the Little Africa Art and Cultural Festival on Saturday August 23, 2014, from 4-8pm at Hamline Park in St. Paul, located at 1564 West Lafond Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.
Little Africa Fest will offer an African experience right in the middle of St. Paul along the Green Line.
Little Africa Art and Cultural Festival features African drums by Jesse Buckner, African dance and music by Tujare (Indy Jay) Mohamed, African digital paintings by Big Z, and African art by John Reynolds among others. The festival is part of the C4ward Arts and Culture along the Green Line project supported by a partnership between TC LISC and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.
Visit African restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses in the Little Africa Business & Cultural District of Minnesota. Be sure to experience the authentic spices of African food like Injera and curried lamb stew or lentils cooked in Berbere sauce at Snelling Cafe, Fasika Restaurant or Flamingo Restaurant. Attend the festival to get free tickets to FREE African wine, coffee and food at nearby businesses in the Little Africa district.
Also at the festival will be the launch of the African Market Potential study–an effort to estimate the impact of the $1.4 billion African immigrant market. This is a study funded by the McKnight Foundation in collaboration with Concordia University.
Little Africa is a branding and marketing campaign focusing on African immigrant economic assets in three nodal points around primary transit corridors–the Blue Line, Green Line, and Bottineau Corridor. The nodal points are: the core area around the Snelling and University Avenue area in St. Paul; in Minneapolis the area along Cedar/Riverside/Franklin Avenue; and in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center the area around Brooklyn Boulevard.
Little Africa is an initiative of the African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) in partnership with the Little Africa Development Group. The mission of Little Africa is to leverage the rich and diverse businesses, art, and cultural assets of Minnesota’s growing African immigrant populations to build sustainable wealth within the African immigrant communities.
For more information concerning the Little Africa Festival, please visit the Facebook event page or contact Gene Gelgelu, Executive Director of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) at 651-646-9411.
The Little Africa Art and Cultural Fest on Saturday August 23, 2014 from 4-8 pm at Hamline Park in St. Paul. located at 1564 West Lafond Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55104.