We can’t believe we’re already in mid-December where did the year go! Looking for a family day or a great place to take a date. NJPAC has the answer for you today. Pre-Kwanzaa Festival and FREE Children’s Festival is this Saturday from 12:00-5:00pm at the Center for Arts Education (24 Rector Street). There are also 2 performances by Forces of Nature at 2pm and 5pm in the Victoria Theater. New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s
Marketplace & Children’s Festival
Saturday, December 14, 2013
WHAT: The Kwanzaa Festival, Marketplace and Children’ Festival will feature FREE hands-on activities, a dance demonstration from FORCES OF NATURE, face painters and small gifts (ziwadi) for children of all ages. ceremonies will be held every hour beginning at 1pm, sharing the meaning of the Kwanzaa Festival, traditions and Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. There will also be an artisan market in the Prudential Hall lobby featuring custom clothing, handcrafted jewelry, books, bath and body products, art and much more! At 3pm guests are invited to participate in our special Tribute to the Elders, honoring all previous honorees of the NJPAC Council of Elders.
At 2pm and 5pm enjoy a full performance by Forces of Nature in the Victoria Theater. Tickets are $25 for adults and $13 for children. Led for over three decades by artistic director and choreographer Abdel R. Salaam, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre has spearheaded its own unique blend of performing arts, combining elements of contemporary modern dance, traditional West African dance, ballet, house and hip-hop forms as well as live music and even martial arts. “Trained in modern dance, ballet, jazz and traditional African dancing, Mr. Salaam woks with traditional ritual and dance forms, moving beyond reproduction or reanimation to dance that is not simply African or Afro-American, but a vibrant expression of a newer culture,” says The New York Times.
Colorful photo/video and interview opportunities to utilize for Kwanzaa holiday coverage.
NJPAC Prudential Hall Lobby, Victoria Theater and Center for Arts Education
One Center Street in downtown Newark
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM