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A Glimpse of Africa Festival celebrates culture and traditions

Photo of three people wearing African garb at the A Glimpse of Africa festival
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West Michiganders can learn more about African culture this weekend at the A Glimpse of Africa kick-off event in Grand Rapids.

The A Glimpse of Africa festival is a cultural celebration. Involving fashion, art, food, dance and music, it is known as the largest annual African culture festival in West Michigan.

The grand, one-day event will officially take place in August, but A Glimpse of Africa President and Founder, Fridah Kanini, is holding a kick-off event on Saturday from noon to 6pm at Martin Luther King Park.

"This is our goal to bring people together to celebrate African culture, to enjoy African culture and feel a home far away from home," Kanini said, "but also have a platform where they can engage, give back to the community, receive resources, receive support -- because I believe together we are stronger." 

The event is open and free to the public. Kanini said the group is still searching for volunteers and vendors for its festival in August.

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