Kwanzaa 2018

Part of Kwanzaa

Saturday, December 29, 2018


Join us for the Museum’s annual Kwanzaa event, a celebration of African-American heritage that is rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba, which promote unity, culture, and community development. The festival features a local artisan marketplace. Black Comics Collective hosts a live-drawing performance inspired by the seven principles and Oyu Oro performs music and dance from Afro-Cuban traditions. Kwanzaa is hosted by Linda H. Humes, scholar and storyteller.

Festival Program

See below for more information on the day's festivities.

Performances | Noon and 3 pm



Discover the core values of Kwanzaa with founder of Yaffa Cultural Arts, Inc., Linda H. Humes and master drummers Sanga of the Valley and Andouchie Loubaki.


Afro-Cuban Kwanzaa

Take in the tradition and spectacle that is the Afro-Cuban experimental dance ensemble Oyu Oro, with over a dozen musicians, singers, and dancers celebrating the rich heritage of the African diaspora in Cuba.


Kwanzaa Con

Seven graphic-novel artists from Black Comics Collective live-draw illustrations and strips representing the seven principles of Kwanzaa in this lively collaboration.

Local Artisan Marketplace | Noon–4 pm

Honor the seven principles of Kwanzaa with a local marketplace and fun giveaways throughout the day.

Support for Kwanzaa 2018 is provided, in part, by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.

Kwanzaa 2018 is co-presented by Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group. The Kwanzaa marketplace is organized by the Harlem Arts Alliance.