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Friday, April 21 –  Saturday, April 22, 2017

AFRICA SALON: Yale’s Annual Contemporary African Arts and Culture Festival

AFRICA SALON is a celebration of African arts and culture through unique discussions, screenings, fashion shows, parties, and performances, featuring some of the most consequential artists from the continent and diaspora. This year’s lineup features performances and presentations by trailblazing artists including Safia Elhillo and Laulo Senbanjo, a fashion show curated by All Things Ankara, an exhilarating dance showcase, a mouthwatering food festival, a concert featuring the funky neo-soul hip-hop and electro-afrobeat music of OSHUN and Cosmic Homies, and an after-party on the rooftop of Elm City Social, all for FREE!

At a time when contemporary African art is drawing more eyes than ever, AFRICA SALON creates a space for audiences to intimately access and absorb the complexity of the contemporary African narrative. Africa Salon celebrates creative artistry that promotes modern African stories and cultural aesthetics. It aims to humanize and expose the richness, complexity, and beauty of contemporary African Arts and Culture. Artists featured in AFRICA SALON, including student talent, share a progressive approach to owning and telling African stories. Through literature, film, music, dance, and more, the SALON invites audiences to rethink their conceptions of the continent and diaspora–to watch, listen, and respond–and to celebrate the creation of these important narratives. For information on this year’s lineup and featured artists visit

Websites: Explore Our Website, Register
Open to: General public
Admission: Free but register in advance
Instructions: Admission Free, Registration Encouraged
Contact Information: Dianne Lake,

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