The African Village Arts Festival

13th  Annual African Village Arts Festival

Volunteers, Vendors and Food Trucks are encouraged to participate!

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The Urban Cultural Arts Foundation is getting ready for its 13th Annual African Village Arts Festival in August 2021 on Bryden Road, African Village/ Near East Side of Columbus. This year’s Festival is a Salute to Babalu in Yoruba traditions – two days of unique fun-filled and family-friendly events.

Admission is FREE.
 Free street parking!

  • On Saturday, August 21st  the Festival – in Partnership with the Central Community House – will be held at 1251 Bryden Road (between the English House and the Kwanzaa Playground) from 11am to 7pm presenting
  • African and African-American entertainment and ceremonies
  • Yoruba ceremony led by Priest Yvetta
  • Vibrating live performances like the drum circle, dancers, poets, singers, music bands
  • Marketplace with great food, art and entertainment
  • Artist Studio offering visual art demonstrations and hands-on craft making workshops for all age groups
  • Visitors at the festival can also participate in creating a community mural painting (led by Queen Brooks) that will be displayed publicly later at the William H. Thomas Art Gallery’s sculpture garden
  • Youth Open MIc


Community Drum  –  Baba Jubal  (Facilitator), Line Dancing Team , Transit Arts  –  Band and Hip Hop Dance , D.M.B Lyn  –  Performer, Singer, Keyboard, Saxophone, Ancestral Gathering  –  Priest Yvetta, Urban Strings, Mamady Mansare  –  Songs Dance, Drums and Storytelling from Guinea, Ken Leslie  –   Big Boppers and Marvin Gaye Motown Tribute Band  

SUNDAY’S ART EXHIBITION  (August 22, 2021)

Art Exhibition Opening Reception  Sunday, August 22, 20214 to 7pm


CURATED BY:  Lyn Grimes

FEATURING:  April Cook, Sudie Said, Lawrence Lemon  & Shellee Fisher

along with 


Teaching Art Institute 

Kim Poole & AdeOlomo  

The African Village Arts Festival is sponsored in parts by the GREATER COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL

and by he Central Community House.

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

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

The motive of our festival poster was designed by Ken Leslie Obasi…. THANK YOU!

c poster avaf 2018 (1)We say THANK YOU for the support to Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

oaae logo

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. avaf 3

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

Examples of our community designed drawings for our festival posters

Our first AVAF in 2007

and Aminah B. L. Robinson did the drawing for our poster

In 2008 Benjamin Crumpler did donate a drawing for the AVAF poster

2009 Queen Brooke did design the motive for our festival

2010 Larry Winston Collins did create the motive

Poster 2011 MoJo did the design

Here is the Poster of the 6th Annual African Village Arts Festival in 2012 – Pheoris West did donate the motive  poster AVAF 2012                             letter size flyer AVAfestival 2013

with the following link you might check on the AVAF booklet 2013

AVAF 2014 posterAVAF FLYER

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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