Africa, live and on film

The Women’s Sekere Ensemble performs in the Nigerian tradition during the Celebration of African Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, one of two African-themed events in the coming week.

February is Black History Month. So perhaps it’s no coincidence that two major events within a week celebrate the continent every African-American ultimately hails from.

First up is the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s 12th annual Celebration of African Cultures, a day-long festival Feb. 17 featuring music, dance, arts and crafts, games, animals, African food and much more.

Then, beginning the following Wednesday, International House presents the African Film Festival, the traveling edition of its larger New York cousin. The annual event showcases some of the best new cinema from Africa’s growing ranks of filmmakers.


CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN CULTURES: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce streets. Admission $5, students/seniors $2.50, Museum members/children under 6/PennCard holders free.

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL: Wednesday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 25 at International House, 3701 Chestnut St. See day-to-day listings for film titles and times. Tickets $6.50, students/seniors/International House members $5.50. Info: 215-895-6542.


Originally published on February 15, 2001