Anancy to be celebrated at annual festival

BRER Anancy, the wily character in African-Caribbean folklore, is to be celebrated in an Annual Anancy Festival, the first of which is to be held on June 9, 2012 in five cities including Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, Jamaica’s Observer reports.

The Jamaica leg of the festival will be held at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library, 2 Tom Redcam Drive in Kingston, the organisers have announced.

“Hosting the Anancy festival is a great honour for us. We would like to bring both African and Caribbean culture together to show our similarities,” said Zubair Mohammed, organiser for Anancy Festival Kenya. “Being the first African city to host the Anancy Festival is like a homecoming for Anancy,” he said in a statement.

The Anancy Festival 2012 will be held in five cities — South Regional/Broward College Library, Pembroke Pine and The Princess Theatre, Orlando, Florida; Martin Luther King Library, Washington DC, all in the United States; G-Rockers Centre, Kawangware Slums in Nairobi, Kenya; and Kingston, Jamaica. The event will be simulcast and delayed video broadcast between each city giving attendees an opportunity to see performances at different locations.

The Anancy Festival, named for Anansi, the West African trickster of folklore, is a celebration of Caribbean-African culture that’s geared toward children and teens.

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