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February 13, 2017

Penn Museum to host celebration of African cultures

Music and dance will play a large part in the festivities

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Celebration of African Cultures at Penn Museum Thomas Stanley/Penn Museum

Culture Shock is a multicultural dance group from the University of the Sciences - their performance reflects traditional dances from areas of both East and West Africa, with hints of Caribbean influence and African belly dance.

The Penn Museum will host a celebration of African cultures on Feb. 25. Music and dance will be a large part of the day, with traditional African music and contemporary African dance highlighted.

Culture Shock, a multicultural dance group affiliated with the University of the Sciences’ International Society, will perform traditional dances from areas of both East and West Africa. The style will also include hints of Caribbean influence and some African belly dance. They take the stage at 1:30 p.m.

Later in the day, West African Vibe will perform to a variety of contemporary Afrobeat artists. Afterward, the group will teach attendees some dance moves.

As for music, the Women's Sekere Ensemble will perform. The group is dedicated to the preservation of African music.

Guests are encouraged to get in on the action and bring a drum or instrument to the celebration. There will be a drumming workshop at 3 p.m.

The museum event will also include arts & crafts, storytelling, an African marketplace, games and family gallery tours.

All activities are free with museum admission

Find the full schedule of events here.

Celebration of African Cultures

Saturday, Feb. 25
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free with general admission
Penn Museum
3260 South St.