The 12th ANNUAL SPIRIT OF AFRICA FESTIVAL,
a celebration of West African culture in the Diaspora!
Seattle Center FESTÁL and Thione Diop are excited to present the 12th Annual Spirit of Africa Festival on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Seattle Center Armory from 11:00 to 9:00 pm. For twelve years the Spirit of Africa has celebrated the cultural diversity and resilience of African music and dance with a vibrant variety of traditions from throughout the Diaspora.
Each year we have been honored and humbled by the energy and enthusiasm of Northwest audiences for our efforts to shine a positive light on present generations of Africans, to connect with our cousins across continents, and to illuminate the vision of our ancestors. We welcome you to join us again in our special anniversary year as we gather and groove with old friends and new!
The 2018 line up includes an incredible range of talented artists bringing us sizzling sounds from Benin to Cuba, Ghana to Guinea, Honduras, Senegal, Nigeria and beyond. The festival kicks off with a dance class by Gansango and Etienne Cakpo from Benin, and besides our live performances we will have a dazzling Fashion Show produced by Nansare Consolata and Best of Both Worlds Fashion.
Local sculptor Marita Dingus will lead a free African doll-making workshop for youth from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Traditional Senegalese cuisine will be served by Columbia City’s own La Teranga, and festival attendees will have the opportunity to shop the myriad colorful and sophisticated wares for sale by our vendors in the African Marketplace.
Admission to The Spirit of Africa is FREE as part of Seattle Center’s FESTÁL Series, so we welcome all to join us with family members and friends of all ages.
FESTÁL and The Spirit of Africa would also like to thank our generous sponsors for helping bring a unique world-class arts experience directly to Pacific Northwest audiences.