12th Annual African Village Arts Festival
A Salute to Aganju
Saturday, August 18th, 2018, 11 am to 7 pm next to 1251 Bryden Rd across the Gallery
Entertainment, Yoruba Traditions, Music, Poetry, Dance, Art Experiences, Vendors, Family Fun, Food, Community Mural Painting lead by Queen Brooks
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Our unique weekend long event has grown over the years as a village-type and family-friendly festival.
A New Tradition
The AFRICAN VILLAGE ARTS FESTIVAL is held each year the third Saturday in August and provides a space for artists and art lovers of every age and background to come together, create and generally enjoy the spirit of a fun, inclusive, well-organized community arts festival.
The Festival’s name gives honor to those who established or still maintain families, homes and businesses in Olde Towne East, a historic area famed for being one of the city’s first neighborhoods. The name is also meant to represent the sense of community, or village, the diverse artists and neighbors have extended to the William H. Thomas Art Gallery for more than 30 years. Each year one of Columbus’ finest artists designs the Festival artwork.
Dancing Group at the AVAF 2009 Artists and visitors are creating art at the STUDIO LIVE workshops Bintu Onaly from Nigeria and Baba Jubal from Cleveland creating colorful tshirts with the festival visitors …
Examples of our community designed drawings for our festival posters
…as well as Story Telling on the stage at African Village Arts Festival 2013 (this photo by KOYO, all other photos on this website by Sabine Lampe) We say THANK YOU to all our volunteers, board members, visitors, friends, and sponsors!