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15th Annual

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Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its fifteenth annual African-American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures. The weekend will feature live entertainment and arts and crafts. Festival performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers.

Festival Schedule & Programming

SATURDAY

  • 10:00 a.m. African-American Dance – Fantasia
  • 10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
  • 11:45 a.m. African-American Song and Dance – PISE (Positive Images of Self Expression)
  • 12:20 p.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
  • 12:30 p.m. DJ Seven Seize
  • 12:55 p.m. The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
  • 1:40 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
  • 2:30 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
  • 3:15 p.m. Music performance by Per Se
  • 3:30 p.m. Children’s African Storytelling –David Lewis
  • 4:00 p.m. Music performance by Per Se

SUNDAY

  • 10:00 a.m. Flute performance – Abdul-Salaam Muhammad
  • 10:30 a.m. Spoken Yoga – Deep Red
  • 10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
  • 11:45 a.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
  • 12:20 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Eric Cyrs, also known as Baba the Storyteller
  • 12:30 p.m. Children’s African Storytelling –David Lewis
  • 12:55 p.m. The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
  • 1:40 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
  • 2:30 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
  • 3:10 p.m. Hip Hop Dance performance – LQ’s
  • 4:15 p.m. Jazz music ensemble – Music in the Moment

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.

Cultural Demonstrators & Exhibitors / Great Hall

  • Art Display – Michael Seale, Jr.
  • African Craftwork – Welcome 2 Afrika
  • Cultural Fashionwear – Zags Clothing
  • Art Display – Betty Evans
  • Beaded Art – Piasart
  • Forgotten Images – A Celebration of African and African-American History
  • George Washington Carver Museum of California

Front Plaza

  • KIIS FM Radio – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Sunday only)

Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern – Sunday 12:20 p.m.

Eric Cyrs, also known as Baba the Storyteller

Special thanks to our community advisor Naomi Rainey, president Long Beach Branch NAACP

Archived Event Information
Date

Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM


Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM


Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Coupon http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/fest7
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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