Peace and Blessings,

The African American Dance Ensemble, also known as AADE, is a 501 C (3) Nonprofit. Our mission

is to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American Dance and Music

through research, educational performance, and entertainment; to focus on the health and education of

our communities. Our purpose is to help our youth become more active through dance and the arts.

Kwanzaa Fest is a community-wide celebration of culture and a collective call for unity, peace, and

harmony in the New Year.


Kwanzaa is a celebration for ALL people, focusing on family, friends, and the fruits of the earth. Celebrating the holiday season and Triangle's diversity, AADE’s annual Kwanzaa celebration is a time to enjoy family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community, and culture, centered on seven basic values as building blocks for peace and progress within neighborhoods. This year the African American Dance Ensemble will host two days of Kwanzaa.  


  •                                                                   December 28, 2022 - Ujima @ C3 at the Venue Raleigh, NC

  •                                                                   January 1, 2023 - Imani @ The Historic Durham Armory Durham NC


                                                                 Did you know 21c Hotel is the official hotel for AADE Kwanzaa Fest? If you need a room, you can                                                                         receive a 20% discount based on availability and dates of stay. Please contact 21c Durham Sales                                                                         Coordinator Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm phone number 919.956.6714 and ask for AADE                                                                                         Kwanzaa Fest rooms. 


In celebration of these principles, each day will have health screenings, shop with vendors on “Davis's Way” featuring local and regional businesses, artists, and community groups, and Children's Village featuring arts, crafts, games, face painting, and a Raffle to benefit the Davis-Williams Scholarship Fund. Delicious foods, lots of dancing, fun, and friendship. Each year donated toiletry items and canned foods, collected at Kwanzaa, are given to local charities.


Both events are FREE and open to the public!


Kwanzaa Fest 2021 - Held Virtually

Thank you, Britany Burch and team, for your leadership with this project.

120706 Chuck Davis 102-M.jpg

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Davis

Jan 1, 1937 -  May 14, 2017