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For two days every summer, Durham Central Park becomes the complete family affair, hosting the enlightening, entertaining and inclusive Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival. The 36th incarnation begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with a performance by Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble. Recent perennial favorite Cool John Ferguson returns with his electrified and electrifying blues guitar lead on Saturday at 5 p.m., followed by Carnavalito, Bobby Hinton & Shades of Blue and R&B temptress Yahzarah ending the day from 7-8 p.m. Things get going again at noon on Sunday with plenty of gospel majesty, including the Rev. Quentin Bullock and Sacrifice until 1 p.m. and B.T. Greene and the Christian Harmonettes beginning at 4 p.m. Activities for the kids include fun with The Scrap Exchange and a climbing wall, and expect lots of good eats. The celebration continues Sunday night at St. Joseph's Performance Hall at 804 Old Fayetteville St. for Marlon Jordan's CD release jam, featuring the John Brown trio. And, best yet, it's all free.

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