LOS ANGELES, April 2004 --- The Los Angeles African Marketplace & Cultural Faire (Cultural Faire) will return to its former location of Rancho Cienega Park, the location that has been a big part of the history and success of this internationally recognized celebration of African Diaspora themed cultural and commercial enterprises showcasing art and culture, travel and trade. Through the collective purpose of Africans, African Americans, Caribbeans, Latin, Native Americans, Mexicans, Pacific Islanders and Asians whose roots are of Africa descent, the Cultural Faire restores vibrancy to urban communities and fosters the appreciation of cultures that are connected to the Diaspora.
Cultural Faire organizers have announced the 2006 three-weekend schedule with the annual opening Gala African Ball and kickoff event on Friday, August 18th , to be held at Rancho Cienega; followed by three consecutive weekends of the Cultural Faire: August 19-20, August 25-27 and September 4-6. A special Youth Day Celebration will be held on Friday, August 25th with a special focus on Foster Children.
"We are delighted to have the support Councilman Herb Wesson, and Councilman Bernard Parks and Councilwoman Jan Perry, along with the support of the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Department of Cultural Affairs as our partners in presenting the 2006 edition of the Cultural Faire" said Meta Williams, Chief Operating Officer of f African Marketplace Inc. "Without the support of the city along with our loyal vendors, performers and participants from over fifty countries this production would not be possible and certainly would not have lasted for 21 years."
2006 Celebration of African Diaspora Cultures will continue to highlight
diverse cultures including the Brazilian Festival; Doo Wop and Big
Band Swing, Square Dance and African Dance workshops; the Ugandan
Festival; Blues, Funk, Hip Hop and Reggae; Festivals for Belize, Haiti
and the Cameroon; the Gospelfest; a Salsa Festival; the Wholistic
Village; South African music and dance; Literary Village; Ethiopian
Day; Nation's Cup Tennis Tournament; and Wearable Art Shows. Cultural
Faire visitors will be able to choose from a dynamic group of merchants
selling fine art, crafts, clothing and other unique products from
around the world while the signature food court will offer the best
international cuisine from exciting caterers and local restaurants.
"With the opening of new offices in Leimert Park and our return to Rancho Cienega Park, this is an exciting time for the African Marketplace" says founder and board member James Burks, also an executive with the Department of Cultural Affairs. "After more than 20 years of creating strategic alliances and developing the African Marketplace brand, it is now in a position to expand its presence as one of the premier cultural organizations in California."
The African Marketplace, Inc. has partnered with the City of San Francisco and Lennar Communities in preparation for the construction of the first permanent Pan African World Trade, Entertainment and Cultural Center in the United States. It will be constructed as part of revitalization of Bayview Hunters Point, a traditionally African American community in San Francisco, and the salvage of the 540 acre Naval Shipyard that lies next to the community but has been dormant since 1964.
"The design and development of the African Marketplace over the past 20 years is the result of this Bay Area project. We are pleased that cities around the world are beginning to recognize the value of Pan African Cultures and the economic potential in the global African Diaspora community."
Annual Los Angeles African Marketplace & Cultural Faire was selected
by the American Bus Association (ABA) as one of the "Top 100
Events in North America in 1996
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