The lineup of the July 7-17 festival, centered in downtown and Midtown Atlanta, is to be formally announced Wednesday evening at an invitation-only event. Due to tight finances, the formerly 10-day-long festival was trimmed by half in 2009, a trend that continued in 2010 under the tightening focus of new president and CEO Neil Barclay. This year's festival will roll mainly over the July 15-17 weekend. Highlights include:
- Chuck Davis, a creative force behind African dance celebrations in New York, Washington and Chicago, launches DanceAfrica! Atlanta,8 p.m. July 16 and 3 p.m. July 17 at the Rialto Center for the Arts. The concerts will feature South African contemporary dancer and choreographer Vincent Mantsoe;traditional South African gumboot dancing from LesolesDance Project; Atlanta's Giwayen Mata dance troupe interpreting works inspired by Mali, the Ivory Coast, South Africa and Guinea; and master kora player and griot Ba Cissoko.