Annual ZORA! Festival Offering Virtual Component; Looking For Volunteers

EATONVILLE – This year’s ZORA! Festival, which begins Saturday, January 7th, is shaping up to be a wonderful event. The festival, which is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational event composed of public talks, museum exhibitions, theatrical productions, arts education programming, and a three-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts, will take place in Eatonville, Florida. Its kickoff event – Happy Birthday, Zora! – will feature a dinner and discussion and is being held at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church at 6:00 PM on January 7th.

Tickets are selling fast. However, there is still time to purchase tickets to attend the event virtually. The discussion topic will focus on the spirituality in Zora Neale Hurston’s classic work, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Eatonville was Hurtson’s hometown.

The organizer of the ZORA! Festival is the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc., a 501(c)3 historic preservation and arts organization.

N.Y. Nathiri, serves as its Executive Director and said the festival has become a touchstone for the celebration of culture and African American ancestry.

“We want people to become acquainted with the life of Zora,” she said. “We are offering comfort food for your body and intellectual food for your mind!”

In addition to the opportunity to attend virtually, Nathiri said that she is in need of volunteers.

“We need people to help staff the phones from 10 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday,” she said. “If you are retired, come help! We have something that you can do!”

For more information on how to attend Happy Birthday, Zora! virtually, please visit

Individuals interested in volunteering can email [email protected].