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 on the Family Village stage by storytellers, dance troupes, drum circles, and many more.  Also, enjoy creating something of your own in the Make-and-Take craft tents, and bring home your very own artwork. Learning about African American culture and history is a unique experience in the Family Village, so bring the whole family! 

 

2017 Story Corner

For the third consecutive year, the Family Village will be home to the Story Corner.  Authors, illustrators and publishers of books geared to children of color will share their work.  If you're interested in being a Story Corner participant, click on the link below to access the online application.  Deadline:  July, 7, 2017

Story Corner Application


 

2016 ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES
The NC Association of Black Storytellers performances were sign language interpreted. The performances were on Saturday at 2:45 on The Village Stage, and 3:45 in the Village Tent; and on Sunday 2:00 on The Village Stage and 3:00 in The Village Tent.
2016 We hope to offer the same service in 2017.

 

2016 FAMILY VILLAGE SCHEDULE   (2017 schedule coming soon!):

SATURDAY

 

THE VILLAGE TENT:

11:00  Gathering Time in The Family Village with The African American Dance Ensemble on the The Village Stage


1:00  Osei Appiagyei’s African Drumming Workshop
 

2:00  History of Go-Go Music Performance Workshop: In honor of NC Native Chuck Brown’s 2016 Induction into the NC Music Hall of Fame             Presented by music historian, Charles Stephenson and Tim “Teebone” David, original percussionist for Trouble Funk, Santonio Parker, Romera Davis and Sheldon Rogers. 
 

3:45  NC Association of Black Storytellers
 

5:00  Chicago Step Workshop presented by Steppin 'n Style
 

6:15  Eugene Taylor Drumming Performance
 

7:00  African Soulful House Music by DJ Jamie

 

THE VILLAGE STAGE:

11:30  Chuck Davis & The African American Dance Ensemble     Processional for The Elder’s from the Main Stage to the Family Village

 

12:00 Chuck Davis & The African American Dance Ensemble   

 

1:15   Raleigh Little Theatre: Selections from Memphis The Musical

 

1:45   TeenFest: Youth Performances

 

2:45  NC Association of Black Storytellers

 

3:45  Ernest Turner Quartet Enter The World of Jazz Workshop

 

5:15   WE Dance Theatre Project presented by Ethyln Lassiter Dance Ensemble, The Love Joint, Choreographed by Ethyln Lassiter and stage direction by Kyle Coles

 

6:00   Z Fitness Line Dancing with Jacque Inc.

 

7:30   Village Jam Session: Al Strong


SUNDAY

THE VILLAGE TENT

1:00  Osei Appiagyei’s African Drumming Workshop
 

2:15  Eugene Taylor: The Drum Prophet

 

3:00   NC Association of Black Storytellers

 

4:30   Chicago Step Workshop presented by Capital City Steppers
 

5:45 History of Go-Go Music Performance Workshop: In honor of NC Native Chuck Brown’s 2016 Induction into the NC Music Hall of Fame Presented by music historian, Charles Stephenson and Tim “Teebone” David, original percussionist for Trouble Funk, Santonio Parker, Romera Davis and Sheldon Rogers.
 

7:00  Eugene Taylor: The Drum Prophet

THE VILLAGE STAGE

1:00 Selections from the musical Pooled, by Moses Alexander Greene
 

1:30   Titus II Dance Ministry

 

2:00   NC Associaion of Black Storytellers

 

2:45   Z Fitness Line Dancing with Jacque Inc.

 

3:30   Breakdancing: Raleigh Rockers Crew

 

4:00   Drumline Processional

 

4:45  The Repertory Dance Company at NCCU,
          Artistic Director: Kristi Vincent Johnson

-Looking Through The Opening

Choreographed by Sherone Price

-Aqui Viene El Sol

Choreographed by Kristi Vincent Johnson

-America the Beautiful, Hear My Cry….

Choreographed by Kristi Vincent Johnson

 

5:15  Breakdancing: Raleigh Rockers Crew

 

5:45  Koffee Dance Company: Prisoner Choreographed by Willie Hinton

 

6:15  Z Fitness Line Dancing with Jacque Inc.


OTHER 2016 FAMILY VILLAGE ACTIVITIES:

MAKE & TAKE ART ACTIVITIES

Come create a colorful African mask out of fun recycled materials or a beautiful African neckpiece adorned by Adinkra symbols and fun designs.  

AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLL EXHIBIT

Learn about African American history and enjoy an exhibit of historical African American dolls, presented by Joyce Stamps.  Ms. Stamps is a member of the Afro-American Historical, Genealogical Society, and a Regional Director of the United Federation of Doll Clubs.  Her extensive personal collection of over 800 black dolls ranges from her oldest dating from the early 1900’s to dolls made by contemporary African American doll makers.

CITY OF RALEIGH MUSEUM: VOTE FOR POPE! 

A living African-American history event devoted to Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope's 1919 mayoral run. Kids will be able to make their own Pope political posters and an exhibit about his political career will be on display.  The event will take place at the Pope House Museum on Wilmington Street on Saturday from 10am-3pm. 

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! We look forward to presenting another group of talented authors and their exciting books this year.