Hurston festival starts Jan. 25 in Eatonville

The 31st annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities, referred to as Zora!, will take place from Jan. 25-Feb. 2. 

The festival, located in Eatonville and other parts of Central Florida, celebrates the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston, known for her writing during the Harlem Renaissance.

Hurston spent her formative years in Eatonville and the town served as inspiration for some of her most famous works.

The festival also celebrates the town of Eatonville, the oldest incorporated Black municipality still in existence in the US; as well as the culture of the African Diaspora.

A two-day Afrofuturism Conference – Jan. 30-31- will be one of the featured programs. Literary Elder Ishmael Reed will deliver a lecture on Jan. 31. 

The festival also will include an Inaugural Africa – Women’s Economic Forum on Jan. 30 as well as a number of workshops. 

The Feb. 1 outdoor festival will include performances by Michel’le and Howard Hewett. 

For a complete listing of festival events, visit


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