4th Biennial Key West Africana Festival (June 2oth - 23rd, 2019)

La Concha Hotel, Key West, Florida


Three-day destination retreat and festival focusing on Thought, Wellness, Culture and Libation of the African Diaspora. KWAF's mission is to be the nation's premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the diaspora across disciplines to vacation and engage in inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape and challenge the Africana community :

  • Thought: Reflection on the ideas and issues that shape and challenge our community's wellness

  • Culture: Celebration of Music and the Arts while exploring the Africana influenced culture of Key West.

  • Libation: Awakening of our history to inform and guide our social work in our respective communities.


To provide festival participants with a fun filled educational vacation in the Florida Keys that includes culture, libation and reflection on the issues and ideas that both shape and challenge the Africana community..



Our goal is to provide a destination vacation where scholars discuss their research, thought leaders present their practice areas, vacationers enjoy the Africana Cultures of Key West, and others will enjoy a fun-filled weekend in beautiful Key West. Founded by Christopher Norwood, J.D. with Dr. James Peterson, as an extension of their national work focused on issues of education, community development and cultural awareness, inspired by their love of travel and interaction within a global community.



The Key West Africana Festival is a proud recipient of the VISIT FLORIDA's Minority Convention Grant Program. VISIT FLORIDA is the official tourism marketing corporation for the state of Florida. VISIT FLORIDA carries out the work of the Florida Commission on Tourism. Created by the Florida legislature in 1996 as a public/private partnership, VISIT FLORIDA receives state funding from a portion of the two-dollar-per-day rental surcharge and general revenue. We are also proud to have the support of Lehigh University's Africana Studies Program. Lehigh is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year, located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley. The purpose of the Africana Studies Program is to engender an intellectual appreciation of the life and culture of people of African descent worldwide within the best tradition of a liberal arts education. 


In 2013 we were sponsored by Bacardi Rum. In 2015 we decided to switch to wines and were proudly sponsored by Indaba and Jam Jar Wines of South Africa. "Indaba" is Zulu for "the meeting of the minds" and very fitting for our purposes.


La Concha Hotel – Key West

Please call the hotel @ 305-295-3271 for preferred rates by referencing "Key West Africana Festival". La Concha, a beautiful Key West hotel and resort that exudes vintage charm and contemporary elegance is a National Historic Landmark in the heart of Key West’s Historic District. This legendary Key West hotel has been inspiring guests like Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams (he finished Street Car Named Desire at the hotel) since opening in 1926. From the moment you step into this iconic hotel, you feel relaxed and in harmony with the island energy.

To register for the festival please use this Registration Link