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14th Annual

African-American Festival

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

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
  • 1:00 p.m. Spoken Yoga – Deep Red
  • 1:40 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
  • 2:30 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
  • 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
  • 10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
  • 11:45 a.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
  • 12:20 p.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
  • 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. Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Dr. Minnie Douglas
  • 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.
  • Art Display – Opoku Acheampong
  • 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
  • End Malaria Now

Front Plaza

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

Café Scuba Festival Menu

  • A themed menu will be served

Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern – Sunday 1:40 p.m.

Dr. Minnie Douglas

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

African-American Festival
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Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Coupon $10 off Adult Admission
Tickets Members get in free. Simply show your card at the entrance.
Not a member? General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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