Pan African Festival of Oregon: Experience The Culture

This is a past event. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 12:00pm 8:30pm

Pioneer Courthouse Square 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Oregon’s first annual Pan African Festival (PAF) is a celebration of the resilience, strength and influence of Pan Africans (Africans, Caribbean and African Americans) in Oregon. 

The festival is a cultural vehicle to galvanize, mobilize and empower Diaspora Africans in Oregon. It is a springboard to community building, increasing understanding within and between communities, and creating a dialogue that will bring awareness and sensitivity. This vision is captured in PAF’s 2017 Theme: Experience The Culture.

“PAF’s Planning Committee is excited to celebrate the diversity and contributions Diaspora Africans bring to communities across Oregon. We’re your neighbors, friends, colleagues and community leaders. We hope you’ll join us for a day of unity on August 12." - PAF Outreach & Publicity Director Laus Mwakalebela.

The festival’s lineup includes live entertainment, cultural foods, a fashion show, arts and crafts, a career fair and much more. PAF emphasizes promoting health equity, providing employment and educational opportunities and building community awareness. These are essential components to empower Pan Africans and their allies to pursue policy changes which shift social and other determinants of health, and to provide the necessary space to talk about, and fight for, social justice.

PAF sponsors include CareOregon, City of Portland’s Office of Equity & Inclusion, Health Share of Oregon, Kaiser Permanente, Multnomah County, Multnomah County Health Department, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and Providence Health & Services.

For more information, please contact: Laus Mwakalebela  at 503.841.0359 or

Event Type

Music, Art & Design, Dance, Festival, Food & Drink, Free, Multicultural


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