Afrofest kicks off 13th year at University of Windsor

Students the University of Windsor are marking Black History Month with a week-long celebration of black culture.

Week-long celebration will include events geared towards the LGBT community

Students take part in a drumming lesson at Afrofest at the University of Windsor. (Dale Molnar CBC News)

The sound of African drums echoed through the CAW Student Centre at the University of Windsor Monday afternoon.

The drumming lesson was the first major event of Afrofest, an week-long festival that celebrates black culture through music, movies, lectures and crafts.

Learn to drum at Afrofest

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Afrofest celebrates African culture through music, movies, lectures and crafts.

Coordinator Paula Ajala-Alexis said she hoping this year's edition of festival, which is in its thirteenth year, will attract people outside of the university.

"This year I'm trying to deal with LGBT issues, mental health issues and I'm trying to bring it to the wider community," said Ajala-Alexis.

Events continue through the week. Festivities include dance lessons, movie night, a workshop on sexual health, food tasting, a lecture by black activist Devyn Springer and a workshop on becoming a black entrepreneur.

The times and dates can be found on the Afrofest website.

Dale Molnar