ADAAWE featured in the 63rd annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration 
by Pauline Adamek, December 2022 

You’re invited to come to Downtown L.A. (or to tune in on TV) for a slate of extraordinary holiday-themed performances featuring colorful costumes and global sounds from Africa, China, India, Philippines, Mexico and Hawaii, as well as professional dancers and musicians, community-based children’s choirs, music and dance ensembles. 

Bring the whole family to this three-hour cultural extravaganza of entertainment, happening on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022 from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. 

Now in it’s 63rd year, the Emmy Award-winning L.A. County Holiday Celebration—a one-of-a-kind, free holiday spectacular—has been an annual Los Angeles holiday tradition since 1959. 

On December 24 this beloved show will once again spread joy to thousands of Angelenos to celebrate Christmas Eve. 

Delighting both the in-person audience at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and an at-home audience watching the live broadcast on TV, the 63rd annual event will feature over 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures that make up L.A. 

Those who can’t make it in person to The Music Center on Dec. 24 will be able to watch the event live on PBS SoCal or stream it online, with an encore broadcast later in the evening. KCET will rebroadcast the show that evening, and again on Christmas Day. Tickets to the in-person event are free and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. 

L.A.’s biggest, Emmy-nominated holiday show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. More than 20 choirs, music ensembles and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures of L.A. celebrate the season during this free three-hour extravaganza. 

Even the parking underneath the Music Center is free. (cheap!) 

Watch the whole show LIVE on KCET from 3-6 pm, and again from 8-11 pm. 

Stream it live here.      <<< 

Some highlights this year: 

Adaawe – photo by Pauline Adamek. 

Adaawe — an all-women ensemble. We hear their collective voices harmonize. A djembe drum kicks in, soon joined by a second drum. Lyrics for the familiar seasonal song ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ are adapted to include “a woman and her drum.” Their performance is a joyous celebration of feminine energy and spirituality.

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