Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NIA Fest 2015 (The Virginia Beach, Virginia KWANZAA Celebration)

NIA Fest Schedule:
5:30 PM - Room 1 - 7:00 Am (movie)
                     premiered by Positive Vibes Afrikan Litterature

5:30 PM - Room 2 - College for FREE (Learn How)
                     A workshop provided by Scholarship Sharing

5:30 PM - Room 3 - How to become a Foster Parent ! 
                     A workshop provided by UMFS

5:30 PM - Gymnasium - The kNOMORE Talent Show
6:00 PM - All Rooms - NIA Fest (Vendors, Games, Activities)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Boys and Girls Club of Va. Beach
1505 Competitor Court 
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Corner of Rosement Rd. and Buckner Farms Rd. Two blocks from Lynnhaven Parkway & Rosemeont Road.

#NIA #NIAFEST #WeAreNia #NiaFest2015
Song, Dance, Poetry, Culture & Crafts !
#kNOwMORE Stop The Violence Talent Show !
Enjoy the This Is Me Cultural Dance Troupe !
Fam' & Friends photos by R2Z Entertainment  !
Divas In Action Step Team Performance !
Karate Demonstration by Va. Beach Goju !
Party like it's 1976 with the Zulu Nation !
Play Kwanzaa-Bingo with DIVAGirl !
Gospel Mime Performance by Silent Praise !
Battle the KujiCHESSgulia Chess Club !
Enroll in the Affordable Health Care Insurance Plan !
Get College Scholarships !
Learn how to become a Foster Parent !
Soul-Line Dancing / Gospel Line Dancing !

Enjoy Face Painting !
Giving Thanks !
Vendors & Exhibitors
Nia Family Bonding
Family Bonding !
NIA Fest Chess
Battle our Chess team !
NIA Fest DJ Seko Varner
Party with DJ Seko Varner
Nia Fest Goju Karate
Virginia Beach Goju Karate
Chess Games
KujiCHESSgulia Chess Team
Nia Fest Photo Booth
Photo Booth Photos !
Nia Fest Photo Booth
Photo Booth Photos !
The Kuumba (Creativity) Wall
I am Me Project
Cultural Dancers
Nia Fest Vendors & Exhibitors
Vendors & Exhibitors
Nia Fest The Golden Fold
The Golden Fold Movement
Your $2 donation benefits the Boys & Girls Club !
Vendors & Exhibitors wanted ($17 - $40 donation)
Contact 757-932-0177 or email info@positivevibes.net 

The Nia Fest event is an extension of the Kwanzaa celebrations held by Rev. Dr. Samuel and Ruth Suggs Varner since 1970. These church held events placed worshiping Father God first, and celebrating Kwanzaa as secondary. These celebrations began in their church Nazarene Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Brooklyn, New York. These celebrations continued in Columbus Ohio at the church developed by the couple named Advent Community Church (United Church of Christ). Advent was the first church in Columbus Ohio to embrace and host an annual Kwanzaa celebration and even hosted events that involved Dr. Ron Karenga (One of Kwanzaa's original founders from the US Organization) and his Wife. Upon Dr. Varner's move to Chesapeake Virginia to lead Providence (United Church of Christ). Providence became the first church in Hampton Roads' Virginia to host a Kwanzaa celebration in 1987. From this event members of the community led by Mr. & Mrs. Clarence and Dianne Vincent developed the Uhuruu African American Cultural Society which led the area in hosting annual Kwanzaa events which continued until 2010 by The Imani Foundation. The Varner's held a private Kwanzaa event in their home from 1990 until the passing of Rev. Dr. Samuel Varner in September 2009. In 2010 the family continued the annual celebration by making it a public event called the Father's First Fruits Kwanzaa. The event later became the Kuumba Fest and is now named and themed "Nia Fest" with a focus on Building and Developing the community. All are welcome ! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year ! 

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