Savannah State announces 2014 Heritage Festival

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Dare to Dream; Create a Legacy is the central theme of the 2014 Savannah Black Heritage Festival scheduled for Feb. 1-23, 2014. Each year, the festival presents activities for every age and interest. Cultural education and exposure to the performing and visual arts, as well as ethnic cuisine, crafts, fun and family are emphasized throughout the celebration. Great music of every genre, dance performances, national and regional recording artists, local youth talent showcases, historic tours, visual art exhibitions by internationally acclaimed and local artists and sculptors, the W.W. Law Lecture Series, spoken word and dramatic productions are all included on the schedule. In addition, educational opportunities are provided through a Health and Wellness Fair, culinary arts activities and youth programs.

The Ballethnic Dance Company of Atlanta, Ga., will return as the featured dance group for this year’s festival. They will perform a special ballet interpretation of playwright Pearl Cleage’s play, “Flyin’ West.” Set in Nicodemus, Kansas, in 1898, “Flyin’ West” depicts the story of courageous, Black pioneer women (former slaves and free women of color) who went west to build a new life for themselves. Also on the schedule is another production from the National Portrait Gallery’s Culture in Motion Series. “All That Sass: The Life and Music of Sarah Vaughan” will be presented as one of the festival’s opening events. Miss Vaughan will be portrayed by singer-actress Julia Nixon who was the first replacement for Jennifer Holiday as Effie White in the Broadway production of Dream Girls.

Grand Festival Day, a family-fun day of activities and top entertainment, is one of the highlights of the festival and will be held at the Savannah Civic Center on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The 2014 festival will be the 15th one produced by Savannah State University and the 25th sponsored by the city

All festival events and activities are free of admission and open to the public.

Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah.  The university’s 4,600 students select majors from 26 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges — Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology — and soon the School of Teacher Education.

For more information, call (912) 358-4309, or visit this website for updates.

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