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2014 Savannah Black Heritage Festival Underway

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The 25th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival officially gets underway tonight with A Colloquy for art, music, and drama students by actress/playwright Jewell Robinson. The event takes place in Savannah State University's Kennedy Fine Arts Building at 7 o'clock.

The month-long celebration is designed to educate and entertain the public while expanding 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 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. Educational opportunities will also be 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.

Grand Festival Day, a family-fun day of activities and top entertainment, is one of the highlights of the celebration and will be held at the Savannah Civic Center on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Musical performances will include Savannah's own KidSyc, Nickel Bag of Funk, and national recording artists the S.O.S. Band and Slick Rick The Ruler.

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

For a complete look at the schedule, visit: http://www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com/2014-calender/

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