ALTHOUGH summer is gone, its bright colours and festive energy will be rekindled at the Africultures Festival in Auburn on March 16.
The festival celebrates the rich heritage and diverse cultures of Africa.
Its now in its fifth consecutive year and continues to attract more people from across the state.
Adama Kamara of the Africultures Committee said more than 5000 people were expected to attend this year’s African-themed event.
‘‘Last year it rained but we still had 5000 people from different parts of Sydney and we are hoping this year that it will exceed 5000 people,’’ she said.
‘‘The festival allows people of African heritage to celebrate and show how proud they are of their rich history.
‘‘People not from Africa will learn more about the continent.
‘‘Plus, people from diverse African backgrounds will have the opportunity to come together engage in dialogue and friendship.’’
At the festival there will be poetry, dance, music, fashion shows, acrobatics, food, community information, foods, and African arts and crafts.
Highlights of the event include the youth talent quest, drumming and dance workshops, soccer and AFL skills clinics, rock climbing and the African Film Festival is holding film making workshops for young people.
Plus, there is a raffle to win a trip to Africa as well as many other prizes.
The Africultures Festival will be holding a series of workshops for the community including the Sade Project which is aimed at helping youth performers gain valuable business knowledge.
‘‘Sade [singer] is the patron of our festival,’’ Ms Kamara said.
‘‘Being a singer she knows the challenges you face and so she has donated a studio tour.
‘‘Youth performers will visit Sony Studios and will receive talks from industry professionals about how to get noticed and run a business.’’