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Virtual African-American Festival

A virtual festival broadcast live from the Aquarium of the Pacific

Virtual African-American Festival

A virtual festival broadcast live from the Aquarium of the Pacific

African American Festival logo with Marci Gras dancer holding umbrella

On Saturday, February 27, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its nineteenth annual African-American Festival as a virtual online festival, streaming live from the Aquarium of the Pacific. Anyone can tune in for free from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This virtual event will feature African and African-American music, dance, storytelling, and historical displays. Festival performances will include Mardi Gras second line dancing, hip hop and break dancing, tap and modern dance, soul-pop fusion music, and West African drumming, dancing, and storytelling. At 3:15 p.m., the Aquarium will present the Heritage Award to Felton Williams, Ph.D. for his outstanding service to the African-American community. Immediately following the Heritage Award, the Aquarium will officially announce and celebrate its 2021 African-American Scholar recipients.

How to view Virtual African-American Festival

On Saturday, February 27, visit this webpage and enjoy the live streaming event. Tune in early to each presentation and see every minute of this very special event!



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Festival Schedule

All programs subject to change.
PDT Program
10:00 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
10:45 a.m. Tap and Modern Dancing – PISE (Positive Images of Self Expression)
11:30 a.m. Forgotten Images – A Celebration of African and African-American History
12:15 p.m. West African Drumming and Dancing – Dembrebrah
1:00 p.m. Animal Presentation by the Aquarium of the Pacific AND The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
1:45 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
2:30 p.m. Soul-Pop Fusion Music performance by Per Se
3:15 p.m. Heritage Award Presentation honoring Felton Williams, Ph.D.
3:25 p.m. African-American Scholar Winners Announcement

Festival Emcee: Baba the Storyteller.

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

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