Annual IgboFest Celebration will Showcase Diversity in Brooklyn Park.
Saturday in Brooklyn Park, people are invited to a celebration of the northwest suburbs’ diverse African culture.
“It’s an atmosphere where you need to come with your family, just relax and have fun all day,” said Elvis Abanonu, the chairman of IgboFest 2022.
This weekend, North Hennepin Community College will play host to Igbofest, a cultural showcase of African dance performances, authentic African food and art.
Igbo is the third most populous ethnicity in Nigeria, with a large population here in the Twin Cities.
The festival has been taking place for nearly 30 years, and organizers encourage everyone to come check out the free event.
“We have a very great and rich culture, and what we did last year is not absolutely what we’re doing this year,” Abanonu said. “we’re changing things up, so if you’ve been to this IgboFest before, come again, you’ll see some certain things you haven’t seen before, it will be unique.”
Saturday’s IgboFest kicks off at 11 a.m. and goes until 7 p.m. The event will feature performances from 40 different dance groups.
Meanwhile, there’s also an IgboFest Gala happening on Friday, Aug. 12 in Fridley. Tickets for the gala are $50.