The 20th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival kicks off its two-week celebration on Saturday, January 31, 2009, and will continue through Sunday, February 15th. The festival is presented by The City of Savannah and Savannah State University, and all events and activities are free of admission* and open to the public. Each year, the Festival presents activities for every age and every interest. Cultural education and exposure to the performing and visual arts, as well as ethnic cuisine, crafts, fun and family are emphasized throughout the celebration. Great music of every genre and dance performances by national recording artists and dancers, local youth talent showcases, historic tours, visual art exhibitions by internationally acclaimed and local artists and sculptors, lectures, spoken word and dramatic productions are all included on the schedule. In addition, educational opportunities are provided during the Festival through a Health and Wellness Fair, Business Expo, Career Fair, Culinary Arts activities and Youth Programs. Grand Festival Day, a family fun day of top entertainment, is one of the highlights of the festival and is held in the Savannah Civic Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena on a Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. In addition to the variety of activities and performances, food and retail vendors are also on hand with a wide variety of food, goods and services.