Pan African Festival

Southwest Portland
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Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
701 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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Oregon’s annual Pan African Festival celebrates the presence, resilience, strength, and influence of Pan Africans (Africans, Caribbean and African Americans) in Oregon. We believe the festival is a cultural vehicle to galvanize, mobilize and empower Diaspora Africans in Oregon. It is a springboard to community capacity building, to increase understanding within and between communities and to stimulate dialogue and increase awareness and sensitivity. This vision is captured in our theme of: Experience The Culture.

Beyond the day of the festival itself, we also engage in a variety of community development dialogues and events year-round with local community-based organizations to help inspire Diaspora African finding lasting solutions for sustainable future.

The festival will include live entertainment, cultural foods, arts and crafts, and much more. Pan African Festival (PAF) emphasizes promoting health equity, economic development, providing employment and educational opportunities and building community awareness. These are essential components to empower Pan Africans (Africans, Afro Latinix, Caribbeans and African Americans) and their allies to pursue policy changes which shift social and other determinants of health. PAF is dedicated to providing the necessary space to talk about, and fight for, social justice.