Anancy! Anansi! Festival to kick off in Washington, DC – June 9th, 2012

The Inaugural Anancy! Anansi! Festival in Washington, DC will be held on Saturday 9 June 2012, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event takes place at The Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the DC Public Library, located at 901 G Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001. Admission is free.

For more information about the Anancy Festival in Washington, DC , call the Institute of Caribbean Studies at 202-638-0460 or at 202-643-7622, or visit,, or Contact us by email at, or

The Anancy! Anansi! Festival, named for Anansi, the West African trickster of folklore, is a celebration of Caribbean-American culture that’s geared toward children and teens. The festival provides a unique way for youngsters to learn about their cultural heritage and experience a rich collection of stories, music and dance.

Xavier Murphy and Dr. Andrea Shaw are the driving forces behind the festival and its co-founders. Dr. Claire Nelson of the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, DC and Eva Wilson of are the coordinators of the Anancy! Anansi! Festival in Washington, DC event as part of the nationwide Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration.

“I am honored to be a part of the coordination of this festival in the DC area, “says Eva Wilson. “As a first generation Caribbean American, with children, it is important for me and parents like me to keep my children connected to our culture.”

The Festival promises a morning of song, dance, stories and fun. The event is geared toward youngsters, but adults won’t want to miss the unique performances. The Anancy! Anansi! Festival offers an enjoyable way for people of all ages to experience the rhythm of the islands through dance, music and written word.

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