The African-American Heritage Festival will kick off with a free cultural event beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 with a performance by “American Idol” contestant David Oliver Willis in the Tavares High gym, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave.
The Community Choir of Tavares will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance by the Center for Contemporary Dance at 7 p.m.
The Winter Park center will present the Moore Dance Project and Dawn Branch Works in “Heritage,” a series of contemporary and cultural dance.
Professional dance companies, under the direction of choreographer Dario Moore, will present an opening tribute to the 59th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, featuring the music of Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and The Voices of East Harlem.
The festival, which is organized by the Tavares African-American Heritage Organization, continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 in Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby St. There will be live entertainment featuring gospel rap, praise dancers, steppers and Orlando comedian Rod-Z, who has performed on various shows, including Improv, the Tom Joyner Family Reunion and BET’s Comic View. Other festivities include arts and crafts, historical and cultural exhibits, food vendors and more.
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