World of Nations Celebration
This multiday event began in 1993 thanks to an effort by City Councilman Warren Jones to bring together the diverse communities of Florida’s First Coast. Today this event features 40+ countries from all parts of the world to offer unique and authentic experiences. In cooperation with the City of Jacksonville nonprofit organizations support a pavilion that features food, education, a market place, and entertainment. Each year more that 20,000 school children visit the event during school fieldtrips and on average the event has 100,000 guests.
The African Village is the largest coordinated section of the WONC featuring 6 countries, the 2nd largest stage in the park, and the largest market place in the event.
This 7-day celebration of family and heritage was started in 1966 by Dr. Karinga as a way to reconnect African Americans with their history and culture and is now celebrated national as a holiday. The members of African Village, Inc. have participated in and organized Kwanzaa celebrations for decades as individuals. In 2014 AVI kicked off the Jacksonville’s Kwanzaa celebrations with Umoja.
Africa Night Gala
Africa Night is a semiannual celebration of African music, food, and culture. It has been held in Jacksonville, Florida in collaboration our Sister Cities International Committee for Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. This exciting gala has played host to international delegations, features authentic food and entertainment, and held a silent auction with art from across the continent of Africa and beyond.