Memphis festival to celebrate Africa

April 3, 2017 by  

The 31st Africa in April Festival is taking place in Memphis this month for four days, with the theme for this year being the country of Togo.

The festival starts off with an International Entrepreneurs’ Day luncheon at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis on April 19. Tickets are $60 each.

Friday, April 21 is Children and Senior Citizens’ Day. Planned activities include a parade, live entertainment, and a car show. The next day is the Family Health and Wellness and Community Day, at which there will be a health fair, free health screening on such matters as blood pressure, and musical entertainment. It is likely that several community organizations will also be on hand to provide information about their programs and services to the public.

The last day of the festival features International African-American Music Day. There will be live music, spoken word, and poetry.

A vendors’ marketplace will be featured at the last three days of the festival. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy arts and crafts and general Africa-related merchandise.

Participants in the parade may invest in banners from a Memphis printing company to identify themselves.

The Africa in April Festival will be held on Beale Street and at the Robert R. Church Park on April 19 – 23, although taking a break on April 20. Admission to the festival is free. To learn more about this year’s festival, call 901-947-2133.