2014 starts off with a bang in Savannah as the 2014 Savannah Black Heritage Festival takes the stage with a multitude of cultural, educational, and fun events all over the city.
The Savannah Black Heritage Festival, sponsored annually by the City of Savannah, is a professionally-produced festival of performances, exhibits, and activities designed to educate and entertain people of every age and interest, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic position, and whether you’re a resident of or visitor to the city of Savannah.
The festival’s goal is twofold: exposing the culturally underserved to performances, exhibitions, and activities they might otherwise never have the opportunity to enjoy and to broaden the knowledge of the contribution of African Americans to the history and development of the United States.
Dare to Dream; Create a Legacy is this year’s theme and it will be reflected in great music, energetic dance performances, historic tours, art exhibitions by internationally acclaimed as well as local, student artists, spoken word, and theatrical performances. All festival events and activities are free of admission and open to the public.
The Ballethnic Dance Company returns as the featured dance group for the festival, performing a special ballet interpretation of playwright Pearl Cleage’s, “Flyin’ West:” the story of a group of courageous, former slave women who traveled west as pioneers in 1898. to build a new life for themselves.
“All That Sass: The Life and Music of Sarah Vaughan” will also be presented as one of the festival’s opening events with actress/singer Julia Nixon portraying Miss Vaughan.
Grand Festival Day, one of the highlights of the festival, will be held at the Savannah Civic Center on Feb. 8th, from 10am until 9pm, is a day of family-fun with activities and top entertainment for all ages.
For a full schedule of performances and exhibitions, please visit their Facebook page.
2014 Savannah Black Heritage Festival
Feb. 1-23, 2014