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24th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival

Updated: 22 Jan 2013 03:13:30 AM

Now enjoying its 24th year, the annual Zora Neal Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (better known as ZORA Festival) is a celebration of the life and life’s work of Zora Neale Hurston.

Zora Neale Hurston was a folklorist, anthropologist, and a celebrated 20th century writer; the ZORA Festival covers several days and includes a number of artistic expressions.

Festival begins January 26 and runs through February 3.

The festival also is a celebration of the incredible contributions that individuals who are of African ancestry have made to both the culture in the United States and to the world over.

The ZORA Festival offers the opportunity to learn more about the cultural significance of some of the community’s greatest heroes, while also offering plenty of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Festival Focus

The festival will focus on some of the most important contributions that include traditional and interpretative dance, film contributions, literary contributions, and will also offer plenty of traditional crafts to feast your eyes on.

Traditional foods will also be readily available, along with luncheons that will help to celebrate some of today’s literary influencers.

With plenty of organized education programs for children, this festival offers fun, entertainment, and the essential educational component that parents are looking for.

ZORA Festival is held in Eatonville, Florida, which proudly upholds the reputation for being the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality.

Despite the progress of the world around it, Eatonville has retained its classic charm, which has allowed for the preservation of its historic significance in the history of the United States.

Zora Neale Hurston was by far the town’s most renowned daughter and their pride in her is evident through every moment of the ZORA festival.

By Marie Ospina

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