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Spirit of Africa Festival

The Spirit of Africa Festival is an annual event that takes place at the Seattle Center in May. Experience the joyful and colorful spirit of Africa!
This festival, produced by local Senegalese griot musician, Thione Diop, showcases the sizzling talents of West African musicians, dancers, artists in the Seattle area and from around the country bringing the community together to celebrate the rich culture plus heritage of the West African people.
Experience the joyful and colorful Spirit of West Africa through the rhythms, melodies, dance of our traditional performers, lively marketplace, gallery of ancient artifacts, films by African directors, African textile display, children’s Ashanti print making and a fashion show where the beauty of Africans and their creative clothing is accompanied by the ancient rhythms of the drum. Feel and see the connection with the irrepressible spirit of the motherland as it is expressed in Africans everywhere.

Spirit of Africa


Seattle, WA

Spirit of Africa is a celebration of the music, dance, and culture of Africa.