Daily Herald: African Heritage Festival kicks off summer of events at University Place

University Place in Orem is adding its name to the list of venues that will be opening with full, fun activities for summer.

On Wednesday, University Place announced its community-centric summer activities which will be held outside at The Orchard, the outdoor gathering location and park at University Place.

The Orchard is scheduled to host more than 30 free events from June through August.

This year’s lineup of events will include annual favorites the community has come to expect, such as the July 24th fireworks show that brings in nearly 7,000 people, and also new events like the African Heritage Festival, to encourage and highlight diversity.

“This new festival comes at a critical time in building a broader global community,” said Annette Knight with the Ngoma y’Africa Cultural Center, which is based out of Provo. “Our mission is to preserve and increase understanding of African culture through the arts such as storytelling, languages, music and dance – all of which we are excited to share at this year’s festival.”

The African Heritage Festival will be from 3 to 8 p.m. June 5, featuring the talents and music of Ngoma Y’ Africa Cultural Center.

The theme of the festival is “Healing through the UBUNTU SPIRIT of oneness and acceptance.”

There will be live performances, along with African food and vendors at The Orchard.

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