The Universal African Festival is an annual celebration of heritage, culture and history scheduled for Sat., Aug. 4 at Springwood Park in Asbury Park.
The festival provides a variety of events and family activities. Attendees can watch and listen to an array of live musical vibes, spoken word, and other cultural performances from local and traveling artists at the festival. Unsung heroes will be honored, and college scholarships are awarded to individuals and students from the community.
The UAF Market place features a kid’s creativity cafe, face painting, cultural face adorning, henna artists, clothing, textile vendors, jewelry makers, visual artists and a host of culinary artists providing tasty and refreshing food for the soul including vegan foods.
UAF’s mission is to provide a community organized event that engages the community through education, the arts, and multiculturalism by bringing together the community, local entertainers, local entrepreneurs, and local businesses. This is also a way to raise
awareness and provides a face to the ZamirAhsaad A. Dunbar Foundation Inc. organization.
There will be 45 vendors, food and drink and entertainment entire the day.
Performers include Asbury Technical Dance Academy of Dance, Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Capoeria Sol Nascente, Sigmas “Control Step Team, Michelle White Jones and Higher Ground and King Ramses Hip Hop Band.
There will be multiple spoken word artists including Alexnder Simone and Whodat Sunlite the Poet, Paige Ryans, Made Pierre and Felicia Simmons.
College Scholarships will be awarded honoring of Unsung Heroes in the community .