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February 27, 2013

The Penn Museum’s Annual Celebration Of African Cultures Set For Saturday, March 2

The Penn Museum is hosting an afternoon celebrating African culture. The day will be filled with traditional dance, music, food, crafts and more. (Photo courtesy Penn Museum)

From 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, the Penn Museum is hosting an afternoon celebrating African cultures for the whole family.

The event will center around African music, dance, food, crafts, storytelling and art. The festivities are included in museum admission.

At 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m., storyteller, Sarai Abdul-Malik will treat guests to tales from Philadelphia all the way to West Africa.

For guests who want to be hands on with the day’s action, there will be a drum workshop that will teach guests techniques from Nigerian and Ghanaian drumming. Drums will be provided for those who are interested in participating and guests who have their own drums are welcome to bring their own. In addition to drumming, guests will be invited to learn a few traditional dance steps as well.

For those who want to do more dancing, at 3:30 p.m., Dance to the Beat—You’ve Got to Move Your Feet, an interactive dance workshop will be taught by two instructors to the beats of African drumming.

At 1 and 2:30 p.m., the Women’s Sekere Ensemble will be performing for guests on the sekere, a traditional Nigerian instrument made from a gourd.

Visitors will also be encouraged to participate in arts and crafts all afternoon long. Create traditional African drums, masks or Ghanian kente cloths.

Give your palate a taste of Africa too at the Penn Museum’s Pepper Mill Café which will be serving up African-inspired food from 1-3 p.m.

The African culture celebration is the perfect opportunity to explore all that the Penn Museum has to offer and learn about traditions of African culture.

The full schedule of events is available here.

Celebration of African Cultures at the Penn Museum
When: Saturday, March 2, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: www.penn.museum

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