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Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it hosts its eighteenth annual African-American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures.

The festival 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.

Meet, learn about, and even touch animals from Africa with special guest Conservation Ambassadors, including a camel, chameleon, African bull frog, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, savannah monitor, Dumeril’s boa, lemur, crocodile, African porcupine, eagle owl, and African emperor scorpion.

SATURDAY Cultural Music and Dance
10:00 AM African-American Dance – Fantasia
10:40 AM Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
11:30 AM Conservation Ambassadors Animal Show
11:45 AM The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
12:20 PM Heritage Award Presentation to H. Maxie-Viltz
12:30 PM DJ Seven Seize
12:55 PM West African Dance – Dembrebrah
1:30 PM Conservation Ambassadors Animal Show
1:40 PM Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
2:30 PM African-American Song and Dance – PISE (Positive Images of Self Expression)
3:10 PM Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
3:30 PM Conservation Ambassadors Animal Show
4:00 PM Jazz music ensemble – Music in the Moment
SUNDAY Cultural Music, Dance, and Heritage Award
10:00 AM Flute performance – Abdul-Salaam Muhammad
10:40 AM Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
11:30 AM Conservation Ambassadors Animal Show
11:45 AM Interactive Poetry, Music, and Yoga – Deep Red
12:20 PM West African Dance – Dembrebrah
12:55 PM The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
1:30 PM Conservation Ambassadors Animal Show
1:40 PM Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
2:30 PM Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
3:10 PM Music performance by Per Se
3:30 PM Conservation Ambassadors Animal Show
4:00 PM Music performance by Per Se

Cultural Demonstrators & Exhibitors / Great Hall

  • 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

Conservation Ambassadors - 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Ocean Theater 25 minutes

Meet, learn about, and even touch animals from Africa with special guest wildlife rescue and outreach organization Conservation Ambassadors. Meet an eagle owl in the Aquarium’s Ocean Theater. Throughout the weekend in various locations, these African animals will be featured: camel, chameleon, African bull frog, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, savannah monitor, Dumeril’s boa, lemur, crocodile, African porcupine, eagle owl, and African emperor scorpion.

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

H. Maxie-Viltz

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

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