ZORA! Festival Announces Celebrity Lineup For 25th Anniversary

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Leaders in Music, Drama, Literature & Art To Be Part Of ZORA! Festival 2014

The ZORA! Festival celebrates its Silver Anniversary in 2014.

We are pleased to bring these distinguished artists to Eatonville and Central Florida for the Silver Anniversary of the ZORA! Festival, said N.Y. Nathiri, Festival Director and Director of Multidisciplinary Programs for P.E.C.

Music, literature, theater, fashion, and the visual arts come together for a nine-day explosion of culture at the 25th annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities. Eatonville and Orange County will come alive during the multi-disciplinary event also known as the ZORA! Festival, which runs from January 25 through February 2.

The Saturday concert at Center Stage returns to this year’s ZORA! Festival, with Maze Featuring Frankie coming to the stage at 3PM on February 1. Center Stage is part of the popular Outdoor Festival of the Arts which takes place on the last weekend of the ZORA! Festival.

Daily admission to the Outdoor Festival of the Arts will be $10 for adults, which allows entry to the concert of the day. Children aged 17 and under will be admitted for free. There will be limited reserved seating at Center Stage on both Saturday and Sunday, available only through advanced ticket purchase. The cost will be $25 per person for Saturday’s concert, and $20 per person on Sunday.

Art aficionados will be able to meet Art Masters and enjoy their work at the ZORA! Festival 2014. Poet and activist Amiri Baraka and award-winning Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat are scheduled to appear at the Festival. Actress Lynn Whitfield and Actor Avery Brooks will take the stage in a theatrical production directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke. An exhibition of a body of work by Houston-based artist Robert Pruitt, will open during the Festival. Fans will be able to meet the artist.    

The HATitude Brunch Party, a festival favorite returns, as well as Education Day. At HATitude, attendees can expect fine food, fine fellowship and fine fashion as they model their hats, and become the stars of the event. Students at Education Day will participate in the ZORA Literacy Initiative and History programming by the Florida Historical Society, as well as a new STEM education initiative.

The ZORA! Festival celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality; and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world. The mission of the Association to Preserve Eatonville is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, to educate the public about the town’s historic and cultural significance, and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.

Major funding for ZORA! Festival 2014 has been provided by Orange County Government Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; Florida Blue; by UCF, Office of the President; UCF College of Arts & Humanities, the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies; UCF Office of the Provost; Harper Collins Publishers; InGlur, Inc.; TeKontrol, and Visit Orlando.

For additional information on ZORA! Festival 2014 events visit http://www.zorafestival.org or call 407-647-3307.

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