The seventh-annual IgboFest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in McCarthy Gymnasium, located near Cretin and Grand avenues at the University of St. Thomas.

The free fest, which is designed for families and celebrates the heritage and culture of Igbo-speaking people from eastern Nigeria, is co-sponsored by St. Thomas and the Umunne Cultural Association.

The Umunne Cultural Assocation was formed in 1985 to unite Igbos living in the United States. The word, “Umunne,” is Igbo for “brothers and sisters.” The association educates and promotes Igbo traditions and culture.

Igbofest will include storytelling, dancing, masquerades, ethnic foods and other Igbo traditions. Most Igbo people live in southeastern Nigeria, but some live west of the Niger River and along the southern coast of Sierra Leone. Political egalitarianism and democracy are hallmarks of their culture.

After Igbofest, the association’s all-night party will be held from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Machinist Labor Temple Hall, 1399 Eustis Ave., St. Paul. Admission is $10.

For more information about Igbofest and the Umunne Cultural Association, please call (651) 644-2010 or visit the association’s Web site.



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