The Family Village  

Each year, the African American Cultural Festival Family Village is a great place for festivalgoers of all ages to have a fun, educational, hands-on experience.  

Our interactive and engaging performances have included storytellers, dance troupes, drum circles, puppeteers, fitness demonstrations, choirs, and much more.

The Make-and-Take tent is always a popular destination, where fun and one-of-a-kind crafts are created.  

Our Story Corner features African American authors and illustrators, sharing their stories. 

The Family Village is a great place for the whole family, to learn about African American culture and history.  The list of 2018 activities will be available in late summer.  Our 2017 images and lineup is below.  

 

 


2017 FAMILY VILLAGE SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY, September 2nd:

Family Village Stage, Saturday
 

 The Pope House Museum is hosting a living history event 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 2 to celebrate African American history in the 20th century. More information at the City of Raleigh Museum on Fayetteville Street. 

 The Pope House Museum is hosting a living history event 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 2 to celebrate African American history in the 20th century. More information at the City of Raleigh Museum on Fayetteville Street. 

Family Village Emcee, Eugene Taylor: The Drum Prophet

12:00   African American Dance Ensemble Performance, dedicated to Dr. Chuck Davis

  1:00   TheGifted Arts Inc., Step Performance

  2:00   Enter The World of Jazz: Ernest Turner

  3:15    Line Dancing with Z Fitness 

  4:00   Love Him, Love Them: The Haitian Orphan Choir

  4:30   Raleigh Little Theatre: Selections from CROWNS the Musical

  4:45   JaVonne Jones, Electric Violinist

  5:30   WE Dance Theatre Project under the direction of Ethyln Lassiter presents: “The Sky is Crying” – an interpretive dance performance that raises awareness about human suffering in today’s society. 

  6:00   Line Dancing with Z Fitness 

SUNDAY, September 3rd:

Family Village Stage, Sunday

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Family Village Emcee, Eugene Taylor: The Drum Prophet

1:00  Titus II:  Gospel Praise Music & Dance

1:45  JaVonne Jones, Electric Violinist

2:30  Raleigh Rockers Crew:  Breakdancing

3:00  Line Dancing with Z Fitness

4:15  Raleigh Rockers Crew:  Breakdancing

4:45  WE Dance Theatre Project under the direction of Ethyln Lassiter presents: “The Sky is Crying” – an interpretive dance performance that raises awareness about human suffering in today’s society. 

5:15  Koffee Dance Company

5:45  NCCU Dance Company

 

3rd ANNUAL FAMILY VILLAGE STORY CORNER

In 2015, The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County presented the first Family Village Story Corner to cultivate youth literacy and foster a love of reading. We featured African American publishers, authors and illustrators of children's books, and the Story Corner was a great success. Below are the featured companies and books for this year.  Visit the Story Corner, meet the authors, see the books, and take some home for the young people in your life!