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African Arts Festival

The African Women’s Initiative’s AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL (AAF) continues this week with two events. Tonight, 2/21, the film “La Noire De” (“Black Girl”) by the Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene.  It will be shown at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room, at 6pm. An introduction prior to, and discussion following the film, will be facilitated by Naminata Diabate (Cornell University) and Peyi Soyinka-Airewele (Ithaca College).

The second African Arts Festival event is Ethiopian Fables, lead by Jessica Custer-Bindel, thisSaturday, 2/24 at the public library’s “Family Storytime,” 11am, in the Thayer/Howell Programming room.

The full African Arts Festival program, through March 24th:

Events at Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) include:
African storytelling at Family Storytime, 2/24 @ 11:00AM
African Films, Wednesdays, 2/21, 2/28, and 3/7 @ 6:00 PM
Weekly Conversations, Thursdays, 3/8, 3/15, and 3/22 @ 6:30 PM

At Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC):
Workshops, 3/6, 3/7, 3/13, and 3/20 @ 5:30 PM

And mark your calendar for the Closing Ceremony at GIAC, featuring GIAC Jumpers with Jackie Greene, UNITED with Harmony Malone and an African Dance Party, 3/24 @ 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

All events are free and open to the public.

This festival is organized by the African Women’s Initiative (AWI), and sponsored by the following organizations: Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL), Cornell University Africana Library, Cornell University Institute for African Development, Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), Village at Ithaca (VAI), Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), and Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI). Additional support was given by: Clay School of Ithaca, New Delhi Diamond's, Ithaca Bakery/CTB, Wegman's, Casablanca Pizzeria, Gnomon Copy, and Hawi Ethippian Cuisine.

Earlier Event: February 16
GIAC Black History Month Talent Show
Later Event: February 25
Film Screening of 13th