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!
|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.
Sorry this event has passed.