Cincinnati Museum Center’s Rotunda transforms during African Culture Fest Jan. 14-16

Join us January 14, 15 and 16 for African Culture Fest and explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Africa, without leaving Cincinnati!

During this three-day festival celebrating Africa’s diversity, Museum Center’s Rotunda transforms giving you the chance to immerse yourself in African culture. While you’re browsing the authentic goods in our bustling African marketplace, stop by Bead for Life. The jewelry in this booth is made by women in Uganda and 100% of the proceeds go back to supporting the women and their families.

Watch African artists at work throughout the festival and enjoy exciting performances. Visit with local Cincinnati organization, Soteni International, and learn about their efforts to build Villages of Hope in Kenya empowering orphans of AIDS to lead the fight against AIDS.

You can even visit an African village featuring full-size huts and new and exciting crafts for children! And don’t miss the African Film Festival running throughout the festival in our Newsreel Theater featuring films from Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya and more. Emanu East African Restaurant located in Pleasant Ridge is also a highlight of this year’s festival. Savor the taste of East Africa and learn how different foods are served and eaten in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Stop by daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and learn the origins of coffee and a proper Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

African Culture Fest is Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, January 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Culture Fest activities in the Rotunda are free; activities throughout the museums are free for Members or included with admission. An All Museums Pass is $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. Complete our Culture Fest Passport Challenge while you’re here and receive a buy one get one free All Museums Pass coupon! The 2011-2012 Passport to the World series is supported by Luxottica.

After Hours Celebration

If you’re looking for something to do after hours on Jan. 14, we’ll continue to celebrate the contributions of African culture to the world during the Kuna Karamu Africa event from 7:30 to 11 p.m. An African village to sets the ambiance for this unique evening filled with authentic cuisine from southern Africa and live entertainment. Admission includes entertainment by Asili Performing Art Theatre, music by Lady J and Jazz Renaissance and African cuisine. Cash bar provided. Proceeds from the event support Museum Center’s efforts to provide free multicultural programming to the community. Dress: “After 5” or African Attire Cost: Tickets purchased in advance are $15 for Members, $20 for Non-Members, or at the door $20 Members, $25 Non-Members. Purchase tickets online or in person by calling the New American Art Gallery at (513) 582-5439.

For more information about African Culture Fest or Kuna Karamu Africa, visit

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