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 to the home of the African Festival of Boston (AFOB)!

 A massive New England, multi-cultural celebration featuring the best of the African Arts and Culture, which came to life for the first time on July 17th, 2010, bringing along the sights and sounds of Africa. 

About US

The African Festival of Boston is an initiative of  the Shalupe Foundation a 501 c 3 non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts which aims to build a strong community, and strengthen the voice  of the African Diaspora in New England. 

Known as "The biggest African Festival of New England" which unite the African Diaspora not only for an entertaining event but to empower communities by providing tools, via education to become self-sustainable, capacity building network, undertake collaborative efforts designed to mobilize the human and material resources of Africans for social action, development and advancement, through public awareness programs and cultural projects.  

Come and explore the African continent's diverse music, drum call parade, African-style face painting, health & wellness, children & family pavilion and a day of Afro-fashion show through performances by local and internationally known African artists.    


Empowering Boston's diverse community, the African Festival of Boston serves as a beacon of unity, celebrating heritage, amplifying marginalized voices, and fostering inclusivity. Rooted in the heart of The City on a Hill, our mission is to strengthen bonds through vibrant arts, cultivate an inclusive narrative, connect communities with vital services, and promote cultural exchange. With a steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we lead a transformative movement, leveraging technology and innovative initiatives to advance social justice and empower all voices to be heardl.



The African Festival of Boston envisions a vibrant future where the rich tapestry of African heritage is celebrated and shared with the world. By providing a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their diverse origins, we cultivate a dynamic space for collaboration, innovation, and cross-cultural exchange. Through our efforts, we aim to forge connections with international artists, cultivate new audiences, and amplify the voices and stories of all people of African descent on a global scale. As we continue to bridge divides and foster understanding, our vision is to inspire unity, creativity, and mutual respect, creating a world where cultural diversity is celebrated as a source of strength and inspiration for generations to come.

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