Africa In April Salutes Nigeria During 33rd Festival

Africa In April Salutes Nigeria During 33rd Festival
This year marks the 33rd anniversary of Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc., bringing African history and culture to Memphis.
The festival will take place April 17-21, 2019, beginning with a luncheon on the first day. Vendors begin setting up April 18 on the internationally famous Beale Street at Robert R. Church Park, in Downtown Memphis, Tenn. AIA activities will continue throughout Sun., April 21, 2019.
This year AIA salutes Nigeria. The King of Togo and other African nations are expected to attend the festival, along with Nigeria’s top leadership, performers, vendor suppliers, and others.
AIA is a historic international four-day festival that emphasizes cultural diversity and ethnicity. Music, cuisine, education, economics, transportation, technology, history, fashion, demonstrations, arts, crafts, and creative performances are some of the highlights spectators would experience at the event. Each year a different African country is selected showcasing a multiplicity of mediums.
Local participants from Memphis City/Shelby Schools, parochial schools, colleges, universities, community organizations, and institutions will attend and enjoy a diverse cultural Vendor’s Marketplace. Corporate sponsors and partners also participate in the daily events.
“We are extremely grateful to you, organizations, corporate community sponsors and participants for your cooperation during this International Festival,” said AIA Founder Davis Acey. “Special international guests, dignitaries, national, regional, state, local officials and more than one hundred to one hundred fifty vendors have been invited to this diverse cultural marketplace event.”
AIA festivities begins Wed., April 17, with the International Entrepreuer’s Luncheon at the Holiday Inn, The University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.
Friday’s activities is Children and Senior’s Day. The Vendor Market Place opens at 8 a.m., with the International Diversity Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Beale Street.
Saturday is International Health/Wellness and Community Day with numerous vendors; and stage performances. International Music Day will take place on Sunday.
AIA was created in 1985 as an annual springtime cultural event. Designed to promote the Memphis/Mid-South and Tri-State region, the Festival’s mission is to draw national and international attention to Memphis and the Mid-South as a rising cultural tourism destination. By presenting internationally acclaimed artists and entertainers from around the world for the enjoyment of visitors, residents and students, the Festival proudly shares the enriching experience, the unifying power and the joy that cultural exchange brings to the quality of life for everyone.

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