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Dance & Drum festival

Three-day celebration to include kids’ expo, bazaar and concert

With workshops led by some of the top drummers and dancers from West Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S., a health symposium, a global bazaar and a children’s village, the 4th Annual African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida will return to Miami this weekend, August 2 - 4, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center [NE 59th Terrace]. The culmination of the Festival, whose theme is “Bridging Cultural Gaps,” will be a concert extravaganza on Saturday evening. Other highlights will include the presentation of the 2013 Cultural Community Outreach Award to Essie “Big Mama” Reed — a fixture in South Florida who has dedicated her life to helping many of the “village’s less fortunate children.”