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Festival Sundiata (pronounced: Soon-jah-tah), is the longest running African American festival celebrated in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle, holding its first festival in 1980. The festival is named in honor of the Sundiata Keita, the historic and legendary Mansa (King of Kings) of the Mali Empire in West Africa. King Sundiata rescued his people’s griot and created one of the most significant cultural and economic kingdoms in Africa.
The festival shares and celebrates African-American culture with the broader community through the talents of local artists, musicians, youth groups, vendors, historical displays, culinary delights, and more. This is the feel-good event of the year! The reunion of the community! Festival Sundiata shares the love and passion of Black folks who have been systematically sidetracked from the total expression of their heritage and history.