FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2019
(Portland, OR)-Pan African Festival (PAF) is proud to announce the Oregon Public Safety Coalition as a Platinum sponsor for the third annual Pan African Festival that will be held in Pioneer Courthouse Square from noon to 8:30 PM on August 10, 2019. The Oregon Public Safety Coalition is an assembly of State of Oregon agencies concerned with public safety including: Criminal Justice Commission, Oregon Youth Authority, Department of Corrections, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Oregon State Police, and Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. These agencies share a common commitment to achieving a highly diversified workforce and are collaborating this year to sponsor the Pan African Festival as a way to further community partnerships and expand engagement opportunities.
PAF is an organization dedicated to creating new opportunities for historically marginalized communities in Oregon. In the past two years, PAF hosted the annual Pan African Festival, an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. It is a one-day gathering that offers performances, activities, health screenings, career awareness, dance, drumming, comedy, street arts, and family entertainment.
The annual festival is a platform for Black Owned businesses to sell their goods and services outside their retail spaces. In 2018, the festival’s venue at Pioneer Courthouse Square saw foot traffic of more than 13,000 people and more than 3,000 individuals made purchases from the festival’s 15 participating businesses.
The third annual Pan African Festival anticipates attendance of more than 7,000 people at this year’s event. This year’s festival will feature diverse ethnic food vendors representing African, African American, Caribbean, and Afro Latinx cuisine. DJ’s, live performers, community leaders, and many more will be taking part in this wonderful celebration of all things Pan-African. Representatives from the Oregon Public Safety Coalition will be speaking at the festival and the Coalition will have representatives at their booth to engage festival attendees and discuss opportunities for partnership and employment in public safety careers. The essence of the festival is captured through this video linkfrom last year’s event.