Kwanzaa Celebrations Offer Free Fun in Cary and Durham
Head to Cary and Durham this week for free celebrations of Kwanzaa that feature live music, dance, storytelling and vendor markets. Across America from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, Kwanzaa honors African heritage and celebrates family, community and culture by focusing on a different principle each day.
The Town of Cary’s 21st annual Kwanzaa celebration — organized in partnership with the Ujima Group — will take place Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Cary Arts Center at 101 Dry Avenue. This year, you’ll find a “Vendor Market” and “Children's Village,” featuring hands-on arts and crafts activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Kwanzaa Ceremony will offer performances by “The Magic of African Rhythm” and the “North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers” beginning at 3 p.m. Liberian natives Baba and Mama Shabu, who founded The Magic of African Rhythm in Durham, are known for expressing a “rhythmic thread” through drumming, singing, dancing and visual arts. The North Carolina Black Storytellers reveal the history and cultures of Africans and African Americans, especially those in North Carolina. For more details, visit this link or call 919-469-4069.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa through song, dance and other performances, and is just one of many cultural festivals that add to the rich diversity of our Town,” says Robbie Stone, Cary Arts Center Supervisor.
In Durham, the city’s Parks and Recreation department will hold its family-friendly celebration of Kwanzaa from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Holton Career and Resource Center at 401 N. Driver St. Wednesday is the fifth day of Kwanzaa, and the Durham event will celebrate the principle of “Nia,” a Swahili word meaning purpose. Go for entertainment by local and regional artists, cultural enrichment activities, inspirational speakers, food, kids fun, a community market and more. For details, call 919-354-2750.
Photo of Kwanzaa celebration courtesy of Durham, Parks and Recreation