The Family Village  

The African American Cultural Festival Family Village is a great place for festival goers of all ages to have a fun, educational, hands-on experience.  

Enjoy interactive and engaging performances.  There'll be storytellers, dance troupes, drum circles, choirs, and much more.

Create art in the Make-and-Take craft tents, and bring home your very own mask, made with recycled materials.

Visit the Story Corner, meet African American authors, and hear their stories.

Learning about African American culture and history is a unique experience in the Family Village, so bring the whole family! 

Check out what's going on:

 


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!