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American Museum of Natural History Celebrates Kwanzaa With an All-Day Fetsival Sunday, Dec. 26

A vibrant cultural festival of African and African-American music, dance and crafts that commemorates the seven principles of Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural HistoryThe Legacy Continues...KWANZAA 2010! is a feast for the soul and senses. Celebration highlights include performances by:
 
• Kotchegna Dance Company, which will showcase dances and drum performances that feature magnificent masks, acrobatic feats, and stilts; and Gestures Dance Ensemble, a modern dance company.
 
• Gospel band from the McCollough Invaders of the United House of Prayer for All People, which will touch hearts using the power of spirit and music.
 
• Restoration Dance Theatre Company, under the artistic direction of Karen Thornton-Daniels, will perform traditional African dance and drumming.
 
• The dancers of the Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry of the Greater Allen Cathedral.

The event takes place Sunday, December 26, from noon-5pm.

The bustling Kwanzaa Marketplace, located in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, will feature vendors, visual artists, and craftspeople. In addition, special Kwanzaa foods will be available in the Museum Food Court. The Legacy Continues...KWANZAA 2010! is co-produced by Community Works, an arts and education nonprofit organization, and New Heritage Theatre Group, the oldest nonprofit black theater company in New York. The marketplace is organized by the Harlem Arts Alliance.
 
Support for The Legacy Continues...KWANZAA 2010! is made possible, in part, by the Ford Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Tolan Family, and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.
 
The Legacy Continues...Kwanzaa 2010! is dedicated to the memory of James Stovall, who served as artistic director of the Kwanzaa program for four years.
 
All performances and activities are free with Museum admission. Suggested admission to the Museum is $16 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $9 for children. Reservations are not required for the Kwanzaa celebration.

For more information, the public call 212-769-5315 or visit www.amnh.org/kwanzaa.

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