December is filled with all kinds of holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Los Posados or Kwanzaa, December is a time to celebrate. Each holiday has its own unique traditions, but the idea of celebration as the days grow cold is universal. This Winter, the Asante Children’s Theatre is offering their own take on festive celebration as an alternative to Christmas oriented AsanteIndianapolis events. Join the Asante Children’s Theatre at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis downtown for a Kwanzaa Community Concert on Saturday, December 12. Open up your idea of what celebration means this season.
Kwanzaa is a week long celebration held in the United States. It honors African heritage and culture marked by the lighting of the kinara. Observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, it teaches young African Americans about their true African heritage. Characterized by gift giving, candle lighting and pouring of libations, Kwanzaa culminates with a big feast. First celebrated in 1966, it offers an alternative to United States citizens looking to break free from the dominant forms of celebration during this time of year.
The directors of the Asante Children’s Theatre have organized an inter-generation Kwanzaa Community Choir. They will come together at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center to sing out the joys of Kwanzaa. Admission to this special Indianapolis music event is practically free, a donation of one canned or non-perishable food item to Gleaners Food Bank will get you in the door.
The Asante Children’s Theatre Inter-generational Kwanzaa Community Choir have been working on a repertoire of music that will blow your socks off and teach you about Kwanzaa. Using the medium of music, the Asante Children’s Theatre Kwanzaa Community Choir will illuminate the principles of Kwanzaa. They will highlight Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith). These are all fundamental principles to the African way of life. By bringing them into the limelight this holiday season the Kwanzaa Community Choir hopes to remind Indianapolis society what holidays and celebrations are truly about: strengthening values and enriching families.
The Kwanzaa Community Concert is part of Asante Children’s Theatre celebration of twenty years as an innovative Indianapolis performing arts group. Let yourself be swept away by this 37-voice choir, under the direction of Artistic Director Deborah Asante and Musical Director Vincent Howard. They can only achieve their goal to educate, empower and enlighten if they have an audience to share with. Bring your whole family to this inter-generational celebratory experience!
For more information visit the Indiana History Center’s website. Don’t forget to bring your canned food/nonperishable item to this free Indianapolis entertainment event. “Feed the Hungry” is an initiative sponsored by Gleaners Food Bank.
Stay tuned to Fun City Finder.com for all the latest information on fun things to do in Indianapolis this holiday season. Before or after the show, make some memories with your family at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants. Located near the White River and Canal Walk of Indianapolis downtown, the Indiana History Center has prime holiday real estate. See the lights of the Circle City as you enjoy the warmth of family this holiday season!
Kwanzaa Community Concert
December 12 at 8:00 pm
FREE with canned food donation
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46202