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Celebrate African Music, Crafts, Food & More at African Women Acting Festival

The music lineup includes Lorraine Klaasen, Amadou Kienou, J Nichole Noel & more.


The African Women Acting organization is set to celebrate the best of African music, crafts, vendors, and more with the return of the annual AWA Niagara Falls Festival on Sept. 3 and 4.

The two-day festival features an action-packed schedule of highly curated and award-winning music, dance, and spoken word artists alongside incredible arts and crafts exhibitions, interactive workshops, storytelling, and delicious authentic African, Caribbean, and Canadian food vendors — all under the sky at the beautiful Oakes Garden Theatre.

The musical lineup includes Lorraine Klaasen (South Africa), Amadou Kienou (Burkina Faso), J Nichole Noel (Jamaica), Roula Said (Iran), Nikki Clarke (Jamaican), Waleed Adulhadim and Savannah Tailor (Sudan), Maju Maju (South Africa), Sammy Jackson (African Canadian), Rick Rose and Exclusive Connection (Nigeria), DJ Moussa Kante (Ivory Coast), JBWAI (Cameroon) and more. The Festival ends each evening with fireworks at 10 pm.

“We’re proud to present talented, hard-working, resilient artists who demonstrate tremendous effort in pursuing their artistic visions and careers,” the African Women Acting organization say of the event — and mission-at-large.

African Women Acting is a pan-African not-for-profit organization geared towards promoting women’s issues and empowering, mentoring, coaching, presenting, and promoting upcoming and mid-career women artists of African heritage. AWA also endeavors to increase the public understanding and appreciation of African traditional and contemporary arts through artistic production such as music, theatre, spoken word, digital media art, visual arts, movie screenings, the African Women Acting Festival, and more.

The African Women Acting Niagara Falls Festival is a free event happening on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4 from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Oakes Garden Theatre, 5851 River Road, Niagara Falls, Ont. Get more information at their website.

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