Festival of African Arts and Culture 20111
Performance Date: 2/18/2011, 8:00 pm
The red carpet event will feature many acts including headlining acts R&B Pop Supergroup EnVogue and R&B Crooner Donell Jones, and African performance groups Culturally Yours and Kumba House.
The dinner banquet will include prizes being given to David Oshinsky for Polio An American Story and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be present to receive her prize in person and read from her acclaimed novel The Thing Around Your Neck. Other award winners include Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Rotary Club International, March Dimes and many dignitaries from Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.
FESTAC means Festival of African Arts & Culture. It was the biggest Black Festival of Arts and Culture in the World. Historically FESTAC emerged in 1956 during the meeting of Pan African Cultural Society with writers and Artists of African origin to discuss the �resurgence� of Black man�s Culture at France. The meeting resolved to propagate the values and originality of black culture. Sequel to the above resolution the first festival lasting for two weeks was celebrated at Senegal, in 1966. Ten years later (1977) the second celebration took place in Lagos, Nigeria.
No other Nation has continued with this historic tradition since then.
The tradition Continues as Houston, Texas becomes the birth-place of this new movement, �FESTAC-USA Annual Diplomatic Summit, Award and Prize�. The Inaugural event will launch on February 18, 2011, to coincide with Black History Month Celebration. FESTAC-USA, with its Headquarters in Houston Texas, has the goal of bridging the gap of relationship between the United States and People of African origin and is intent on rejuvenating the seven pillars focusing on Arts, Culture, Health, Education, Agriculture, Economy and Democracy. These pillars are important and should be highlighted in order to celebrate the advancement of African culture through empowerment by Philanthropists who embarked on humanitarian selfless services.
FESTAC-USA will support more than 50 highly quality local and international programs and events that are well articulated and will be painstakingly executed from Houston, Texas, for all categories of people without age barriers. These local programs and events include FESTAC-USA Village and Multi-Purpose community Center, to be built in Houston, Texas. It aims to showcase total Africans in the American continent and other continents of the world, encapsulating academic, physical, cultural and economic empowerment. It will recover the past; blend it with the present to suit the twenty first century, not ignoring science and technology.
It will be one of the few venues where all Houstonians, Texans, Americans and their allies can enjoy high quality African original performing arts, and other programs.