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The African Association of Madison, Inc (AAM) in collaboration with Central Park Sessions and UW Madison African Studies Program will produce AFRICA FEST 2016, a family event at Central Park in Madison. Central Park is located in a very supportive residential area of central Madison where one can walk, bike or bus to the event wherever possible. In the days leading to Africa Fest 2016, at the same venue, Central Park Sessions will produce a band session event on Thursday and will collaborate with Africa Fest on Friday for a prelude band session to the big event on Saturday. AFRICA FEST 2016 is in its 18th year. Under the theme "Building and Bridging Communities," AAM brings this community-based cultural and educational event devoted to grassroots cultural heritage to feature musicians, artists, performers, cooks, craftspeople, and scholars who will demonstrate, present, and discuss the cultural traditions of African immigrants. The diverse audience expected from in and around Dane County will consist of children, students, and members of academia, news media, arts enthusiasts and other members of the Madison community and its environs who are interested in learning about the rich cultures of Africa from Africans.