The Festival of Life is a family-friendly event featuring the music, food and artistry of the African Diaspora. It includes an international food court, two hundred arts & crafts vendors, a children’s pavilion and live music. During this 20th year the festival will be held in honor of Jamaica’s 50th Jubilee Year of Independence. In addition to celebrating African-Caribbean culture, the festival will feature some of Chicago’s best music and musicians from other musical genres, including Rock and Country-Western. Plus, for the first time in its history the Festival of Life will be combined with the Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), which has traveled from city to city for more than half of its 30 years of existence. During the last ten years, the Awards were held at the world famous Apollo Theatre in New York City. In 2011, the 30th IRAWMA was held in Trinidad-Tobago. After fifteen consecutive years on the road, IRAWMA returns to Chicago, its birthplace.So basically, this would be fun if it wasn’t so darn hot. So I’ll add this to the list for next summer, even though it means missing out on the IRAWMA bit, which does sound like fun. Oh, well, onward and upward!