Tubman Museum hosts the Pan African Festival


The Tubman museum will host the Pan African Festival from May 1 to May 2. The festival celebrates the rich culture of the African continent through art, games and food. 

The festival will feature performances from multiple organizations. The event will offer music, dance, film, spoken word and myriad of different cultural foods to enjoy, including Caribbean and Soul food, according to the museum’s website

The Tubman museum event organizers are also taking steps to ensure the event is properly socially distanced and follows COVID-19 guidelines.

Harold Young, the executive director of the Tubman Museum, says the event organizers will require that all wear a mask and social distance as much as possible. The organizers will also move the festival to the Coliseum Parking lot to encourage this practice. 

“This is the 25th Anniversary of the festival and we want it to be the best and safest as well,” Young said.

According to the Tubman Museum’s website, the Pan African festival was founded in 1996 by artist and community leader Chi Ezekwueche. The event is particularly unique because it celebrates all aspects of the African diaspora, and how African cultures have influenced many aspects of the world today.

Young says over the years the festival has had a host of local artists that have performed, including national recording artists such as Regina Belle, Rick James’ Stone City Band, Brick and Beverly Crawford.

Ivy Marie Clarke, a student at Mercer University, is excited about the event.

“I am looking forward to the Pan African festival for the opportunity to experience cultures I am not personally familiar with, yet I appreciate for the impact they’ve had on global society,” Clarke said. “I’m especially excited for the food and music.” 

Tickets for the event are $5. The festival will take place at the Macon Centreplex from May 1 to May 2.