Rafiki African Festival
A Taste of Africa
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2018 RAFIKI AFRICA FESTIVAL IN LANCASTER

A Community Festival is when over 2000 people come together to celebrate their diversity. That is what we experienced at the 10th Annual Rafiki African Festival.

The festival was Honored to host Mayor Danene Sorace and other community leaders. To all our VIP guests, thank you for honoring our invitation.

To all the community members from Lancaster and beyond who came to celebrate Africa together, thank you! We celebrated our diversity that makes all of us unique yet part of each other’s lives; we increased our awareness of the African culture and truly demonstrated what it means to be one big community of rich cultures and heritage.

2018 was the 10th Anniversary of the African Festival in Lancaster, PA. Wow, what a great event! It was a true Taste of African Culture celebrated by the Lancaster community. It was marked with great participation from 22 African Countries and hundreds of local Lancaster County families and community members. The event attracted attendance from neighboring states such as Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Ohio. And neighboring cities and counties that included Harrisburg, York, Philadelphia and Reading. Schools and churches in the area attended. It was a great learning experience for children and families. The children’s activities focused on many facts and fun activities about Africa. The scavenger Hunt, face painting and WJTL booth were the most popular.

Thank you to our wonderful and hardworking volunteers. You are a treasurer.

Thank you to our great performers and Emcee, you made the 2018 festival a true 10th Anniversary!

Thanks to our partners and sponsors:

PREMIER PARTNERS
City of Lancaster
Lancaster Office Of Promotions
Rafiki Shoppe
Rafiki Africa Foundation

MEDIA SPONSORS
WJTL
Jordan Bush Photography
Lancaster County Magazine
Natural Awakening

SUPPORT SPONSORS
Everence Bank
Millersville Manor Storage
Citizens Bank
Steeple Loft Apartments

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Wonder Club
Community Action Partnership
Kids Cookie Break
Ware Center For Civic Engagement at Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster City Police Department

Our Great Vendors - Thank you
FOOD VENDORS - The authentic African Cuisine represented was out of this world. So delicious, so fresh and so mouth watering! Big Thank you to GRAPE LEAF CAFE with Ethiopian, Food ESI CUISINE with Liberian Food, RAFIKI SHOPPE with East African Food and SOUAD CUISINE with Moroccan Food.

The stage performance was entertaining, fun, engaging, authentic. Thanks to Nbonye Drum and Dance Ensemble, Kent Nazareth Music, Helen storytelling and Poetry, Bumbada Drum Ensemble, Lone Star African Dancers, Emerson Sampaio, Fashion Show and Flag Parade!

See you September 15th, 2019 for the 11th African Festival at Binns Park, Lancaster.