Press Release


Contact:  Dayna Snell, executive director;  phone:  860-229-8389



Kwanzaa Principles Presented in Original Musical


The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. presents its 27st Annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Friday,  Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. at the historic Trinity-on-Main, 69 Main St., New Britain.  Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday observed each winter, encourages the traditional values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. The celebration is open to people of all ages, races, cultures and faiths, and all are invited.


Along with traditional Kwanzaa rituals of African Drumming and Dance, the Libation Statement, candle lighting and positive affirmations, the Queen Ann Nzinga Center participants will perform in a musical entitled “A Change in Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles) High School.” About the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the show that demonstrates how the concepts of this holiday can be applied to everyday life. Playwright and program facilitator Rebecca Trapp, who has been involved with the Queen Ann Nzinga Center since childhood, wrote the script for the musical to show the Kwanzaa concepts in action.  


The performers include a mix of professionals, children and teenagers who will offer an eclectic show consisting of Gospel, Jazz, Soul, Pop and Hip Hop music selections. The celebration will feature music from Nzinga’s Daughters, Nzinga’s Watoto, legendary soul singer Betty Harris, Girls Inc. of Greater Waterbury and others.


The performance is made possible thanks to funding from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, American Savings Foundation, City of New Britain and the J. Walton Bissell Foundation.

Tickets: $15, general admission; $10, seniors and youth.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.

About Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc.

QANC is named for a 15th Century African queen who protected her people from being sold into slavery.  The name symbolizes the organization's aim to empower young people with life skills, academic support and experiences to thrive. QANC, in its 26th year, is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that serves a diverse, multi-racial and multi-cultural population of children and teens by providing arts and cultural enrichment in a multi-generational setting. The program uses the performing and creative arts to help participants achieve goals, build self-esteem, develop strong values, gain an appreciation of culture, learn about the rich African heritage and understand cultural diversity.   or