A celebration of African cultural heritage, which is highly evident in Venezuela’s populous northern coast, kicked off on Wednesday with a series of events organized as part of the commemoration of Afro-Descendent Month.
University professors and experts on Africa and Afro-descendents will participate in conferences on May 4, 11 and 18 at the Museum of the National Assembly in downtown Caracas.
Several other presentations will take place during those days in the museum as well, free of charge.
The Sixth World Week of Africa will also be celebrated in the Venezuelan capital, with an art exhibition and a fair of African handicrafts, in the museum.
The celebrations will conclude on Wednesday, May 25, World Africa Day, with an event at the Venezuelan National Assembly, with the Ambassador of South Africa to Venezuela, Bhekizizwe Gila; the head of the political affairs office of the Embassy of Argentina, María Silva; the Nigerian representative to the Permanent Secretariat of Strategic Office of the South America-Africa Summit, Christy Mbonu; and the Venezuelan Vice-Minister for African Affairs, Reinaldo Bolívar.
All activities are organized by the National Assembly and the ministries of Culture, Education, Higher Education and Foreign Affairs.
For further information on Afro-Venezuelans and the fight against racism, see our Fact Sheet.
MPPRE/Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / May 4, 2011