27th annual Kuumba Fest celebrates African-American culture in return to downtown San Diego

Kuumba Fest, San Diego’s biggest celebration of African-American art and culture, returns to San Diego Rep this weekend, with theater, dance, film screenings, food competitions and more.

The fest launches Friday with a program titled “Friday Night of Positive Images Honoring the Ancestors,” and concludes Sunday evening with the “Black 2 Excellence Dance/Movement Extravaganza.”

Saturday takes in such family-minded events as a Kuumba Kidz performance and a screening of the movie “Liyana.”

All events are at the Rep’s Lyceum Theatre downtown.

And a note about the name: “Kuumba” means “creativity” in Swahili.

27th Annual Kuumba Fest

When: Friday through Sunday

Where: San Diego Rep’s Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown

Tickets: $5 and up (prices vary by event)

Phone: (619) 544-1000

Online: kuumbafest.com, lyceumevents.org

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