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Saturday To-Do: African Drum and Dance Festival

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AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE FESTIVAL
5 p.m., Philander Smith. $5-$10.

What began in the '90s as a living room party with former Peace Corps workers playing and dancing to African drums has become an annual local event. Entering its 11th year, the African Drum and Dance festival promotes multiculturalism while raising money for charitable African endeavors; after funding projects in Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe, this year's donations are allotted to build and maintain a new well in the Congo. As well as hand-made African crafts for the bidding in a silent auction, the event features a Parade of Nations, in which Central Arkansans from Africa represent their home nations and, yes, drumming and dancing galore. If there's any time of year to don your dashiki and dust off your djembe, this is it.

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