SWAHILI DAY 2023
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 2023, BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Welcome to the Marafiki Center's annual African Cultural Celebration! What an amazing, fun, festive, and exciting day we bring you every year to spread African Food, Culture, Music, Dancing, Drums, and more. The celebration is a one-day event that is held in at Bluegrass Community and Technical College's Newtown Campus with the intent of bridging the cultural gap and awareness of Africans in Lexington.
ABOUT SWAHILI DAY
The Marafiki Center is hosting its second annual Swahili Day: A Cultural Celebration, showcasing the vibrant culture of Lexington’s Swahili-speaking community. We invite everyone to come and experience the culture, food, music, and arts of East and Central Africa. From bustling market stalls to a lively lineup of dancers and musicians to delicious food, this festive event is full and fun for the whole family.
Swahili Day is made possible by the Bluegrass Community Foundation, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Visit Lex and generous contributions from other sponsors, community partners, and volunteers. Consider making a donation to the Marafiki Center. All funds raised by the Marafiki Center are used to host Swahili Day and to provide cultural programs throughout the season.
A Special Thank You to Our Swahili Day Sponsors:
Developing a partnership with Marafiki Center is an ideal opportunity to connect with Lexington’s celebration of diversity and the many individuals, groups and organizations in the multicultural community. The Marafiki Center invites businesses and organizations to discuss our sponsorship packages. From information and opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Marafiki Kids Corner
Bring your children and let them enjoy an array of activities including face painting, cultural crafts, and a bounce house.
African Market Place
Commercial and informational stalls selling African products such as clothing, fabrics, home wares and accessories.
Live Music & Performances
Enjoy live cuts by DJ Dee.B and a stage filled with excellent performances including artists, dancers, drummers, and other unique cultural performances.
Cultural Fashion Show
Two carefully curated showcases by African designers inspired by traditional African fashion. Get involved and show us what you wore on the day by using the #SwahiliDayLex for a chance to win a prize.
Local and Cultural Food Vendors
African foods, drinks and treats from all walks of life and some of Lexington's favorite food trucks and vendors.
Collect information from booths set up by helpful community partners and organizations.
Cultural Fashion Show
Commercial and Informational Booths