Friday, December 27, 2013

Kwanzaa Celebration at Hayti Heritage Center Dec 27

Access to culturally diverse celebrations and activities is plentiful and easy in Durham.  Tonight is a great example as people are invited to kick off their shoes, get ready to dance, eat and celebrate Durham's African-American community at the Hayti Heritage Center's annual Kwanzaa Celebration!

The focus of this year's event is Kugichagulia, the Swahili word for self-determination. Festivities take place tonight, December 27 from 5-9:30 PM. Performances include diasporic music from Elements of Percussion, dancing with Collage Dance Company, a healing “griot” session with The Magic of African Rhythm, and surprise guests! Bantaba will be hosted by Chuck Davis. There will also be an African-style marketplace showcasing original artwork by local artists, cultural books, clothing, jewelry, and more.

Dinner plates with vegan and vegetarian options. Come early, plates are available, but sell out quickly. All proceeds benefit Collage Dance Company.

Doors open at 5 PM with ceremonies and performances from 7-8:30 PM. Suggested donations are $1 for Children, $3 for adults, but no one will be turned away.

Learn more about Durham and it's rich African-American heritage online.

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