The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities is being held Jan. 26 through Feb. 3, 2008 in Eatonville. Each year, tens of thousands come together from across the country to celebrate the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to American culture at the nine-day festival. The theme of the 19th annual event is “Ritual and Spirituality in the African Diaspora: An Exploration of the Zora Neale Hurston Legacy.”

Named in honor of literary figure Hurston (1891-1960), the dominant female voice of the Harlem Renaissance whose hometown was Eatonville, this unique celebration features museum exhibitions, panel discussions, workshops, youth art displays, performances and concerts.

“The festival brings together art and cultural enthusiasts and also serves as a continued reminder of Zora Neale Hurston; her extensive work; the historical significance of the Town of Eatonville and its ability to play an integral role in Central Florida’s tourism,” said festival general manager N.Y. Nathiri.

A complete schedule of events is available, so be sure to plan your festival days now!

Information courtesy of Orlando Chamber & Visitors Bureau