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Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture

African American dancing at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s fifteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium.

Cultural experience at the Aquarium of the Pacific African-American Festival

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Family fun at the African-American festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific

SCHEDULE: 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
1:40 p.m. Breakdancing and Popping — Homeland Crew
2:30 p.m. Interactive Drum Circle — Ambianz Muzic Experienz
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
10:30 a.m. Spoken Yoga – Deep Red
10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition – Baba the Storyteller
11:45 a.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
12:20 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Eric Cyrs, also known as Baba the Storyteller
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. Breakdancing and Popping – Homeland Crew
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.

COST: Free to Aquarium members and included with general admission for the public
General admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11)

GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win 4 tickets to the African-American Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or in the comments below. One random winner will be selected on February 15th and posted on our Facebook page. Good luck!

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3 Comments

  1. We love the aquarium! My daughter especially loves the octopus.

  2. awesome !!

  3. This sounds aweome! I wasn’t aware of this taking place. I’m going to share this with some of my friends in LA too. Thanks:)

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