PRESS ROOM: NJPAC’S Annual Kwanzaa Festival & Marketplace Free and Virtual

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By BlackPressUSA

NNPA Newswire

For over 20 years, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has provided a platform for families to learn and celebrate the cultural traditions associated with Kwanzaa.

This year NJPAC welcomes everyone from all around the world to participate in the annual celebration which is VIRTUAL and FREE!

In an innovative move, this year NJPAC continues to celebrate their annual Kwanzaa tradition virtually with numerous events and presentations that audiences from everywhere can experience and enjoy from the comfort and safety of their own homes with the convenience and ease of Zoom.

NJPAC’s annual free Kwanzaa Family Festival is where family members of all ages will be engaged with activities dedicated to the Kwanzaa seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

The youngest members of the family can enjoy the online arts and crafts projects to young teens and adults engaging in the many panel discussions about storytelling with the elders, social justice or Black theater. Take an online class to explore West African dance, stepping, Zumba, drumming, capoeira, Bebop Graffiti Arts or Afrobeats. There is something for everyone at this year’s Kwanzaa celebration.

Explore the Kwanzaa Artisan Marketplace where vendors display creative, unique and many one of kind hand-crafted items satisfying all gift giving and shopping needs.

The Kwanzaa Artisan Marketplace is virtual and open now until December 31, 2020 – everyone from anywhere can shop one-of-a-kind gifts and many hand-crafted items by visiting: Virtual Kwanzaa Festival – NJPAC

Kwanzaa is an African American celebration of life from 26 December to 1 January. Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the festival in 1966 to the United States as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home. … Karenga created this festival for Afro-Americans as a response to the commercialism of Christmas.

The schedule:

Tribute to the Elders Stories featuring Amina baraka, Stanley Terrell and Councilwoman Mildred Crump
Dec 19 @ 11:30AM | Kwanzaa • meet the elders • online festival
RSVP https://njpac.tfaforms.net/120

Umoja (Unity)
Social Justice Through the Lens of the Divine 9

Dec 19 @ 1PM | Kwanzaa • conversations • online festival
RSVP https://njpac.tfaforms.net/120

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
The Strength of Black Theater
Dec 19 @ 3PM | Kwanzaa • conversations • online festival
RSVP https://njpac.tfaforms.net/120

Nia (Purpose)
Virtual Kwanzaa Movement Classes
Dec 19 @ 5PM | Kwanzaa • learn something • online festival
RSVP https://njpac.tfaforms.net/120

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
Step Afrika
Dec 19 on-demand | dance • learn something • online festival
On- Demand on December 19th

Kuumba (Creativity)
Virtual Arts & Crafts
Dec 19 on-demand | creativity • learn something • online festival
On-demand on December 19th

Imani (Faith)

Virtual Arts & Crafts
Dec 19 on-demand | creativity • learn something • online festival

On-demand at Njpac.org

Artisan Marketplace
Nov 18 – Dec 31

NJPAC’s annual community marketplace is now online! It’s one-stop shopping for all your holiday needs—and don’t forget to pick out something for yourself.