The Champaign-Urbana community is finally getting a semblance of normal with the return of the C-U Black and African Arts Festival this Saturday at Lincoln Square. This is exciting news after hosting the event virtually last year.
The festival is all about exposing the community to culturally diverse activities. It has been a pillar in the Champaign-Urbana community. It has become a way for the community to connect with each other.
The festival had artists vendors coming from as far as Chicago, St. Louis, Iowa, and Indiana to showcase their talents. There will be many Champaign-Urbana vendors as well. The community is hoping this will be a great way to bring back what many lost due to the pandemic.
They are offering a variety of events from a kid’s corner to live music throughout the day. There should be something for everyone in the family to enjoy and learn about African culture.
The festival has received an influx of volunteers from out-of-state visitors to students from our Champaign-Urbana community. This will only be the third year that the festival has taken place. It will be shortened from its original two-day schedule from when it first launched due to the pandemic.
After having to adapt last year due to COVOD-19 it will be refreshing to see the event being held in person with the variety of things they have available to do there. This will be the start of just a few events that are able to transition from online
The fun doesn’t stop at the festival. This year there will be an after-party that will take place at the Rose Bowl Tavern. Founders Cindy and Susan Ogwal are enthusiastic to bring the festival back to the community.