Thousands Expected At African Festival Of The Arts This Weekend

CHICAGO (CBS) — This weekend, thousands of people are expected to walk through the African Festival of the Arts in Washington Park, now in its 27th year.

It’s known as one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the Midwest, focused on African art and culture.

CBS2’s Marissa Bailey talked with festival Founder Patrick Woodtor.

“We are happy to be in Washington Park, where we have Africans coming from all across the world, showcasing the beauty and culture of African people,” Woodtor tells CBS2.

The festival began in 1989 in Hyde Park, near the home of President Barack Obama, Woodtoor says. He had a store called “Window to Africa,” and the festival started as a promotional effort, but has since grown.

“We are happy to have that support and invite everybody to come and share the culture of Africa,” Woodtor added.

Experience African cuisine, music, art, artifacts and more at the festival, held at Washington Park, at 51st and Cottage Grove through Monday. The festival runs from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. each night.

Visit the Eventbrite page for information on tickets.

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