Over the past 20 years in Montgomery County and the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, several continental African countries and community organizations have celebrated their unique culture and heritage. In an effort to aggregate these efforts in Montgomery County, the African communities will on September 24, 2016 showcase the cultures and heritage of Africa during the fifth annual Pan-African Cultural Festival “PANAFEST 2016”.

This event is part of a series of events commemorating September as African Heritage Month in Montgomery County, Maryland. The event will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center, at One Veterans Plaza, SilverSpring, MD 20910.  Last year’s PANAFEST was well attended. The event included Remarks and citations by elected officials and community leaders, African Cultural Dances, African Arts& Craft exhibits, live performances by African artists, Kids’ talent contest, Vendor exhibitions and  a taste of exotic African cuisine.

Barely three decades ago, continental Africans in our region numbered a few thousand. Today, our numbers have swelled. As immigrants, we have stood out in our commitment to hard-work and family values. No other community has shown a commitment to pursuing higher education and economic progress than the African community. In terms of income, continental Africans have attained an enviable spot in America. It is a record worth celebrating. But we must look beyond that as our goal is to build a stronger community and create more opportunities for the underprivileged in partnership with local governments. As new Americans, continental Africans continue to collaborate and partner with their local communities in their new found home.

This event provides a unique opportunity to build on past successes and celebrate the accomplishments of the emerging African community in the region and their contributions to its growth and development. The “Pan-African Cultural Festival” was born of a dream to utilize our rich culture to enlighten, entertain and foster collaboration within our local communities in keeping with  our theme  " I African Heritage Unity". The festival is also a celebration of Africans making a difference in our community. Each year  individuals and or organizations are  selected as recipients of Pan African Community Appreciation Award (PACAA)  an award for outstanding community work.   

Please contact us to showcase your heritage and represent your country! We look forward to you joining us at ‘PANAFEST 2016'.