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Music and More at the Bimbe' Cultural Arts Festival

Posted May 21, 1998

— Get ready for a weekend of fun at the Bimbe' Cultural Arts Festival in Durham!

Out & About gives you a preview of what's in store at the 29th annual festival.

The family celebration has roots as a West African festival of harvest and celebration. After the harvest, entire villages would gather to give thanks through dance, praise and feasting.

And that's exactly what's in store at the modern-day Bimbe' Festival. Organizer Gaston Patterson says there's lots to do for the entire family. You'll find food, African arts and crafts and lots of great entertainment.

One of the most popular performers at this year's festival will be the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble. This group is known nationally known for its high-energy performances.

Davis says the festival in Durham is the largest of its kind on the east coast. He says there's lots for everyone to learn by coming out.

In addition to Chuck Davis' ensemble, festival-goers will be treated to the sounds of The Jazz Crusader, Eve Cornelious, King Ayoola Reggae Band and the Kings of Harmony Gospel Group.

The Festival takes place tomorrow, Saturday, May 23, from 2-10 p.m. at the Durham Athletic Park in downtown Durham.

Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call919-560-4355, ext. 223.

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