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The 27th Annual Harambee Festival

  • Saturday, February 27, 2016
  • 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Benedict College, 1600 Harden Street, Columbia, SC, Mays Human Resources Center Arena


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Free Admission. Call (803) 705-4409 for additional information and to register as a merchandise or food vendor.   

Location: Mays Human Resources Center Arena 9:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M

Welcomes the national and internationally known traditional gospel artists -- The Sensational Nightingales whose songs include "I Want to be at the Meeting", "See You in the Rapture", "There's a Leak in this Old Building", "Morning Train", "Somewhere Listening for My Name" and many, many more.

The Harambee Festival Community Choir will sing with the Sensational Nightingales at the Harambee Festival on Saturday and at the concert on Sunday.

The Harambee Festival is one of the largest College-sponsored in the nation.  It is an annual event for the entire family that has plenty of food, music, fun, art, and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village. There is a separate Food Village.

The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment, and dance lessons.  Other events include bounce houses outside for the children. 

Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day to include the national award winning Benedict College Gospel Choir, the Harambee Festival Community Choir,  and a special appearance by the Harambee Festival Community Choir, various other jazz, R&B, gospel choirs, praise dancers, international performance, and  much more.

Dancing in the College’s Dance Studio - Put on your dancing shoes, get some exercise, and have some fun!!

The Women’s Village and Boutique. Just for Women. This is your time to learn more about issues important to you while being pampered. This appeals to the mind and the heart.

Workshop for Caregivers. This workshop provides invaluable information for those who provide medical and other care services for those in need. The workshop will be facilitated by professionals in that area. For further information, please call Ms. Sharon Brown at 803.705.4661 or Mrs. Brenda Clark at 803.705.4385 in the Social Work Department.

Car and Bike Show - Enjoy viewing some of Columbia’s vintage cars and bikes.

Health Screenings at the Harambee Festival -- Benedict College Health Center- Mather Hall

Prostate Cancer Screening Sight Screening
Diabetes Screening

These free health screenings are made available by the Benedict College Health Center, Palmetto Health Community Services, and the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department of Benedict College and Dr. Stewart Darby. To pre-register for a diabetes or prostate cancer screening, please call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Health screenings, art exhibits, and workshops are free, open to the public, and proceed throughout the day during the HARAMBEE Festival. 

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