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Celebrating African Culture and Heritage: The ODUNDE Festival in Philadelphia


PHOTO CREDIT: BRAE HOWARD for Philly Voice


The ODUNDE Festival is scheduled to take place from June 2 to 9, 2024, with the ODUNDE Street Festival happening on Sunday, June 9, 2024 ¹ ² ³. Here are some of the events that you can look forward to on that day ¹:

  • A colorful procession from 23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River

  • Traditional offerings of fruit and flowers to Oshun

  • Live music and dance performances on two stages

  • Food from Africa, the Caribbean, soul food, and other cuisines

  • Over 100 vendors selling handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more

  • A performance by R&B legends Dru Hill on the main South Street stage





The ODUNDE Festival is a vibrant celebration of African culture, music, food, and art, held annually in Philadelphia. This year's festival promises to be an unforgettable experience, showcasing the rich heritage and traditions of Africa and the African diaspora.

History of ODUNDE:


ODUNDE (pronounced oh-DOON-deh) means "Happy New Year" in the Yoruba language. The festival originated in 1975 as a small gathering to celebrate African culture and has since grown into one of the largest and most beloved cultural festivals in the United States.

Festival Highlights:

  • African Marketplace: Browse over 100 vendors selling handmade crafts, textiles, jewelry, and artwork.

  • Music and Dance: Enjoy performances by local and international artists, including traditional drumming, dancing, and music from Africa and the diaspora.

  • Food: Savor delicious African cuisine, including jollof rice, fufu, and suya.

  • Kids' Zone: Face painting, storytelling, and cultural activities for children.

  • Fashion Show: A showcase of traditional African attire and modern designs inspired by African culture.




Date: JUNE 9th, 2024


Time: ALL DAY


Location: 23rd Street and South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Conclusion:


The ODUNDE Festival is a joyous celebration of African culture and heritage, offering something for everyone. Join the vibrant community of Philadelphians and visitors from around the world in honoring the rich traditions and contributions of Africa and the African diaspora.

Call to Action: Mark your calendars and get ready to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Africa in the heart of Philadelphia! Share your ODUNDE Festival experiences on social media using #ODUNDE2024.







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