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Festival Sundiata is inspired by the legends of the great King Sundiata of Africa’s 13th-century Mali Empire who preserved his people’s culture and history by rescuing their griot (historian and storyteller). The event shares cultures and traditions of Africa and African Americans on Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center.

It’s the 33rd year for the festival, which welcomes all ages with performances, activities, information and vendors, produced in partnership with the Sundiata African American Cultural Association.

Saturday starts with an opening ceremony at noon and ends with an all-ages concert by Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band Kalimba at 6:30 p.m. at the Mural Amphitheater. Entertainment on four stages, including one for children, continues both days, along with the Black Arts Exhibit including doll making with Marita Dingus. Other features include the Amazing American History exhibit, Education Expo, and the Northwest Black Quilters exhibit and Saturday quilt-making lessons.

Shop for clothing, crafts and confections from a variety of vendors; check out information from local organizations; join in African-dance workshops; learn traditional drumming; and grab a bite at food trucks, including Ezell’s Chicken and HP Smokehouse Woodsmoked BBQ.

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There’s a car show Saturday and a 1,000 Black Fathers photo shoot at 2 p.m. Sunday.

All events are free, and all are welcome to learn and share in African-American culture at venues around Seattle Center. including the Armory, Mural Amphitheater and Fisher Pavilion.

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