Friday, October 09, 2009

African Festival

[Article reprinted in full from the Reno Gazette Journal]

African festival starts Friday at UNR

The African Union of Northern Nevada is holding its first festival with drumming, poetry, storytelling and other cultural activities Friday and Saturday in Reno.

The event is open to the public and is free, except for Saturday’s dinner and dance.

The festival starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Jot Travis Auditorium on the University of Nevada, Reno campus with poetry, musical performances, a drumming workshop and fashion shows. Events from 6 to 8 p.m. will include poetry, drumming, storytelling and the Anouaze Dance Troupe.

Saturday’s festival starts at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of UNR’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center with an address from keynote speaker Elavie Ndura-Ouedraogo of George Mason University.

A dinner and dance Saturday at the Reno Ramada Inn, 1000 E. Sixth St., begins at 7 p.m. with dinner featuring African dishes scheduled at 7:50 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at Getchy’s Africana Shop, 1200 N. Rock Blvd, Suite 6 or by calling 775-358-7168 or 775-233-6971.

[graphic from Google Image search for 'African Festival.']

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