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 in two venues within the Village: on the Family Village Stage and the Village Tent.  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:


Family Village Stage, Saturday

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

  1:00   The Gifted Arts Youth Step Team

  2:00    Enter The World of Jazz: Ernest Turner Quartet 

  3:15    Z Fitness Line Dancing Fun

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

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

  4:45   Javonne Jones, Gospel Violinist

  5:30   Ethyln Lassiter Dance Company "WE Dance": African Dance Performance

  6:00   Z Fitness Line Dancing Fun


Village Tent, Saturday

1:00  African Drumming Workshop: Osei Appiagyei

2:00  Tarish "Jeghetto" Puppeteer Demonstration

3:00   Ethyln Lassiter Dance Company "WE Dance" presents: African Dance Workshop

4:00   Accessible African & African American Storytelling with Performers: Michelle Banks, Daisy Riverbank, and Stephanie Scott

5:00   Rhythm of Spoken Word Workshop

6:30   NC Association of Black Storytellers


Family Village Stage, Sunday

1:00Titus II: Gospel Praise Music & Dance

1:45Javonne Jones, Gospel Violinist

2:30Raleigh Rockers Crew: Breakdancing 

3:00Z Fitness Line Dancing Fun

4:15Raleigh Rockers Crew: Breakdancing

4:45  Ethyln Lassiter Dance Company "WE Dance": African Dance Performance

5:15Koffee Dance Company

5:45NCCU Dance Company

6:15Z Fitness Line Dancing Fun


Village Tent, Sunday

1:00"A Seat at The Mat" Yoga Workshop: Colors of Yoga Studio

2:15NC Association of Black Storytellers

3:15African Drumming Workshop: Osei Appiagyei 

4:15Chicago Step Workshop: Capital City Steppers 

5:30Beats & Bars Popup









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!