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'Taste of Africa' banquet, showcase serves up African culture

By T.C. Sprencel
University News Service
April 8, 2010

The African Student Organization at Texas State University San-Marcos will host the annual “Taste of Africa” festival, consisting of a cultural showcase scheduled for April 9 at 6 p.m. in Evans Auditorium and a banquet slated for April 10 at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

Admission will be free for the cultural showcase, which will invite attendees to observe various aspects of African culture including dance, fashion, drama and music. African student organizations from several schools – among them the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas Woman’s University, the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Sam Houston State University, Baylor University and the University of Houston – will be performing at the event.

Admission for the banquet will be $15 for the general public and $5 for students. The semiformal event will feature African food as well as poetry readings and performances by Texas State’s Harambee dance group. The banquet will also have display booths set up for 25-30 African countries.

“Taste of Africa” is an event that has been held the past five years at Texas State, promoting the cultural aspects of Africa through theatre, art, fashion, dance and food. The goal of the festival is to promote multicultural diversity and awareness through educating the Texas State community about the continent of Africa. “Taste of Africa” aims to introduce many attendees to aspects of Africa they have never seen before, thus broadening their knowledge of African culture.

For more information, please contact Jaisie Stevens via email at js1783@txstate.edu.