The African Village Arts Festival 2016


9th Annual African Village Arts Festival

in August 2016

Our unique weekend long event has grown over the years as a village-type and family-friendly festival.

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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. 

Meeting at the festival…
    STUDIO LIVE – art workshops at the festival attract all festival visitors…

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. 

COOOOOOOOOL: face painting

Watching the performances, listening the poetry and music (here Ken Leslie and THE AST BOPPERS on stage), dancing and singing and druming together

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

and that what it needs to be our African Village Arts Festival: Youruba Ceremonies Artists

Examples of our community designed drawings for our festival posters

Poster 2010

Poster 2011

Here is the Poster of the 6th Annual African Village Arts Festival in 2012  poster AVAF 2012                             letter size flyer AVAfestival 2013



AVAF 2014 poster


Solar Energy  at African Village Arts Festival …

…as well as Story Telling  African Festival on the stage 2on 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!

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