In lieu of a cancelled in-person event, the festival is offering a virtual presentation.
Spirit of Africa is part of the Virtual Festál 2020 series, supported through grants from 4Culture & ArtsFund. Tune in May 30th on Facebook and YouTube for content.
Seattle Center Festál presents Spirit of Africa in partnership with Spirit of Africa. The festival presents traditional and contemporary music, a fashion show, art, food, marketplace, dance workshops, and more!
This event is free and open to the public.
Spirit of Africa is a celebration of the music, dance, and culture of Africa. The festival bring high quality musicians, dancers, and other artists to the festival to showcase the richness, diversity, and joyfulness of African music and dance. Yet, it also strives to educate the community about African culture and the importance of music and dance both today and throughout history. Spirit of Africa is a yearly, one-day event held at Seattle Center.
The festival showcases the cultural and ethnic traditions of the African countries and the African diaspora for the enjoyment and enlightenment of the broader community. Its mission is to bring people together in peace, love, and unity. The festival has been active for 14 years, expanding its audience throughout the Northwest region, and hosting more than 1,500 people in 2019.
The festival also brings out-of-town artists to perform individually and also together with local African artists. It showcase the amazing talents of both out-of-town artists and the excellent talent in the Seattle area. Together, this group represents the music, dance and culture from many different African countries.
Founded and produced by a local Senegalese Griot musician, Spirit of Africa was formerly known as the Spirit of West Africa. In a conscious effort to rebrand and be inclusive, the festival now celebrates the whole Africa continent and African diaspora.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Africa is a huge continent, comprising of 54 countries and over a billion people.
- Timbuktu, Mali is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, established in 982 CE.
- The world’s biggest frog is found in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon (it can be up to one foot long and weigh up to eight pounds).
- 1,250 - 2,100 different languages are spoken in Africa.
- Africans were the pioneers of basic arithmetic around 25,000 years ago.