Chihamba's 28th Festival

Jul 26, 2017

The Chihamba African American Cultural Arts Festival will launch its 28th edition this week, Thursday through Saturday. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.


Organized by a festival committee with the support of the city of Charlottesville and other sponsors, the festival will kick off at the Carver Recreation Center on Thursday.  It will start with "A Taste of Africa", featuring food, products and groups from Ghana and Kenya and a silent auction. Lillie Williams is co-chair of the festival's board:

LILLIE WILLIAMS: So we're going to have an evening of storytelling, and we’ve got God's Bongo gospel group. On Friday of course is Ladies Night, and there's going to be a hair show, a fashion show, we've got Sisters Conquering Cancer modeling... If you do want to attend, because of capacity, you will have to have a ticket to come.

You can find the tickets at  But no ticket is needed for the final day, Saturday, starting at 10 am at Booker T. Washington Park on Preston Avenue.

WILLIAMS: That's in a village setting. I’m sure if you come, you will enjoy yourself. There's going to be food vendors, a health fair... It's a family event, it's going to be wonderful.