From it's beginning in July 1989, this festival celebrates the rich heritage of people of African ancestry and their contributions to the community, the nation and the world.

African-American Cultural Arts FestivalInspired by the 1988 Fredericksburg Black Arts Festival, the 1984 & 1985 Sol Fest and previous festivals, Chihamba in Charlottesville, Virginia recruited a committee under the direction of Jamal Koram, an original Sol Fest founder. This committee brought the dream that was the
African-American Cultural Arts Festival to reality.

  Schedule of Festivities
  Featured Performers
  The Tradition Behind the Festival
  Pictures from Past Festivals
  Our Festival Leadership
  Vendor Information
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