First presented in 1990, Festival is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational event composed of public talks, museum exhibitions, theatrical productions, arts education programming, and a 3-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts. The event takes place primarily in Eatonville, Florida (10 miles north of Orlando) and throughout Orange County.
Who organizes ZORA! Festival?
What are the Festival’s goals:
They are three:
(1) To celebrate the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston;
(2) To celebrate the historic significance of Eatonville; and
(3) To celebrate the cultural contributions which people of African ancestry have
made to the United States and to world culture.
How many people typically would visit ZORA! Festival? 125,000+
Since 1990, well over 1.5M people have attended this event.
Describe a “typical” ZORA! Festival attendee.
She is between the ages of 35-54, with an average household income of $50,000 +; has an undergraduate degree or higher; and lives in a household consisting of 2 adults with varying numbers of children (1-4). She and those in her household are predisposed cultural/heritage events, as well as museums, throughout the year.
Who are some of the celebrities who have appeared at ZORA! Festival?
- Maya Angelou
- Amiri Baraka
- Charles Bibbs
- Pearl Cleage
- Ruby Dee
- Howard Dodson
- Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- Nikki Giovanni
- Danny Glover
- Sonia Sanchez
- Eleanor Traylor
- Cicely Tyson
- Elizabeth Van Dyke
- Alice Walker
- Deborah Willis
- George C. Wolfe
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