7th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
Wednesday, December 26
Bring out your traditional kinaras and kaftans… The Attucks Theatre is planning a Kwanzaa Celebration you’ll never forget!
The Crispus Attucks Cultural Center will present its 7th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at the Attucks Theatre on Wednesday, December 26 at 6:00 p.m.
This year’s Kwanzaa Celebration will definitely be a high energy, “interactive” experience celebrating the principle of “UNITY” with a live African drumming processional, traditional West African dancers, interactive storytelling, audience participation on stage as well as the actual Kwanzaa ceremony. This year’s celebration is co-hosted with Atupan-The Talking Drums and Crispus Attucks Cultural Center.
This year’s Kwanzaa Celebration will feature Atumpan-The Talking Drums, a Portsmouth-based married duo who present programs at schools, libraries and museums, along with festivals and special events. Children’s Museum of Virginia educator Corey Staten and his wife, LaQuita will showcase the talking drum culture associated with the Akan community of Ghana in West Africa. The talented pair is noted for their high-energy presentations that combine traditional drumming, storytelling and dance. The Statens showcase the Ghanaian atumpan drum, part of the overall African concept of the “talking drum.”
Kwanzaa, an African American and Pan African holiday is the only cultural celebration of its type. Kwanzaa celebrates the gathering of people during the seven-day period from December 26 to January 1. Its roots are in the African idea of harvest gathering. The celebration also honors community and family, two of the other pillars of the Kwanzaa experience. The holiday — Kwanzaa in Swahili means “first fruits of the harvest” — was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966 for the purpose of giving African-Americans a chance to celebrate themselves and their origins.
Bring the whole family out for this joyous event! Whether you celebrate every year or you’re experiencing the holiday for the first time, you are guaranteed to enjoy these festivities. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this popular African-American holiday and its very important seven values. Make this a Kwanzaa you and your loved ones will never forget. Come out to the Attucks Theatre and hundreds of locals as they celebrate this truly special holiday. Habari Gani!