Yanga Fest Chicago Celebrates African American Arts and Culture at Chicago's DuSable Museum.

YANGA FEST: A Fusion of Arfican and Mexican Culture.

DuSable Museum's annual celebration of art, music, words and dance formerly known as "The Arts & Crafts Festival" will now be known as YANGA FEST.  In addition to a new name, the festival has a new look, a new date and a new focus.  The festival will be opening in conjunction with the Museum's newest exhibition, "The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present."  Dance, the universal language spoken across the globe, will bridge the cultural connection with a rhythmic infusion of traditional African dance in Mexican culture with Dance Africa Chicago featuring the Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago and the Mexican Dance Ensemble.  The fest will feature a vendor marketplace offering handmade crafts, jewelry, dolls, books and clothing. In addition, there will be educational seminars, book signings, affordable outdoor dining, family activities, bike tours, and more.

WHO WAS YANGA?

Yanga was an African leader and founder of the first free African township in the Americas in Mexico, on January 6, 1609.

WHEN.

Mark your Calendar for Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, 2010. 

THE NEW EXHIBITION.

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The new exhibition "The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present," illuminates the contributions of Africans to the artistic, culinary, musical and cultural traditions of Mexican culture from the past through the present. Featured artists include: Rufino Tamayo, Elizabeth Catlett, Francisco Toledo, Maria Yampolski, Francisco Mora and Afro-Mexicano artists: Igancio Canela, Mario Guzman, Guillermo Vargas and Hermengildo Gonzalez.

SPECIAL EVENTS.

Saturday, August 28, 2010.
3p.m. to 5p.m. DanceAfrica Chicago 2010: From Africa to Mexico. 
7p.m. to 8:30p.m. Yanga Fest Dance Party with DJ Mozdefmite vs. DJ World.

Sunday, August 29, 2010.
2p.m. to 3p.m. FILM, Touki Bouki.
2p.m.to 3p.m. ALYO Children's Dance Company.                           
3p.m. to 4p.m.   The Orgins of Music in Mexico.
5:30P.M. TO 6:30P.M. Sones De Mexico Ensemble.

Where:
DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place (57th St. at South Cottage Grove Avenue.  773 947 0600.  www.dusablemuseum.org.

Admission: FREE.

Museum Hours.
Tuesday through Saturday, 10a.m. to 5p.m.
Sunday, 12p.m. through 5p.m.
Hours will be extended during Yanga Fest.

Parking and Transportation.
Limited parking is available on the premises.  The Museum is accessible by CTA buses #3, #4, and #55

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