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Free, virtual Kwanzaa festival and marketplace set

Kwanzaa celebration. (300078)
Kwanzaa celebration. Credit: NJPAC

For over 20 years, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has provided a platform for families to learn and celebrate the cultural traditions associated with Kwanzaa. This year’s free, virtual Kwanzaa Family Festival is where family members of all ages can engage in activities dedicated to the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith)

This year NJPAC continues to celebrate their annual Kwanzaa tradition with numerous events and presentations that audiences everywhere can experience and enjoy from the comfort and safety of their own homes with the convenience and ease of Zoom.

There is something for everyone at this year’s Kwanzaa celebration. Offerings range from online arts and crafts projects for the youngest members of the family to panel discussions for youth and adults, to online classes exploring West African dance, stepping, Zumba, drumming, capoeira, Bebop Graffiti Arts or Afrobeats.

Guests can also explore the Kwanzaa Artisan Marketplace where vendors display creative, unique and many one of a kind hand-crafted items satisfying all gift giving and shopping needs. The virtual marketplace is open now until Dec. 31. Visit Virtual Kwanzaa Festival – NJPAC.

Kwanzaa is an African American celebration of life, held from Dec. 26 to New Years Day. Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced the festival in 1966 for Afro-Americans in  response to the commercialism of Christmas. Learn More at