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Zora Festival 2009 begins January 23rd

Taking place the last week of January each year in Eatonville and throughout Orange County, Florida, The Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary event that celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston. ZORA! Festival takes place in Eatonville, Zora’s hometown and the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality.

Attracting thousands of locals and tourists, ZORA! Festival presents an impressive roster of arts, humanities and cultural programming. The event features museum exhibitions, public talks, panel discussions, workshops and concerts celebrating the cultural contributions that people of African ancestry have made to the US and the world.
This year, the festival is celebrating its 25th year, with more inspiring events and activities than ever taking place January 23 – 25, 2009. Highlights include a free street festival throughout the week, and entertainment by Morris Day, Battle of the Choirs and Conversations with Ilandra.
Among the many new offerings this year will be a Health Village and a Taste of Diaspora tent where local celebrity chef Johnny Rivers and Chef Aaron “Big Daddy” McCargo Jr., winner of The Next Food Network Star reality series and official Executive Chef of the Zora Festival will both be offering their culinary delights. Also, world renowned large-scale installation glass artist Therman Statom will be providing special art workshops at the festival, with a unique art exhibit, Stories of the New World at the Orlando Museum of Art.

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