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The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, with support from the Department of Neighborhoods, present the third annual African-American Cultural Festival Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24, 2019 

Hosted in the heart of the Historic Bronzeville District, a variety of live music, spoken word and dance performances highlight the third annual African-American Cultural Festival. Visual artists, a kids’ fun zone and more will help round out the day. Admission is FREE.

The African-American Cultural Festival is produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and Department of Neighborhoods and made possible through the generous support of our partner, American Electric Power Foundation. 

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Cultural Corner

The Amos Lynch Plaza will be transformed into the Cultural Corner, building a space that showcases art, poetry, music, fashion, and more cultural expressions.  The Cultural Corner will provide festival goers an intimate cultural experience.

Friday:
5-6:30
: Harlem Renaissance 100 Artist Expression featuring:  Wali Crowder (poetry), Lori Lindsay and Lawrence Lemon (dance), Alonzo Edmundo (music), Samara Tillman (fashion curation)

6:30 - 7:30: My Great Day In Harlem Short Film Screening hosted by Tripp Fontaine and Lori Lindsay

7:30 - 8:30 pm:  Brass and Beats with Kimistry Maestro and J Rawls

 

Saturday:
11 am - 12 noon:
  Brush Experience with Marshall Shorts

12:30 - 1:30: Donald Payne from Thump Daddy with a Funk Fashion Showcase by Genevieve Effa and BlingedbyBeb

1:30 - 2:15:  Brush Experience with Marshall Shorts

2:30 - 3:30:  Sangers Hangout with a Flavor Fashion Showcase by Genevieve Effa and Mouf Worldwide and Ohio Girls Do It Better

3:30 - 4:30:  Brush Experience with Marshall Shorts

5 pm - 6 pm:  What We Talking About Live Podcast

6 pm - 7:30: Everyday People by Native Tongues with a Future Fashion Showcase by Genevieve Effa and FRISKMEGOOD and Embuye Jewelry

King Arts Complex Auditorium

Saturday:
11 – 11:45 am: 
Raw Yoga 614/Meditation

12 – 1pm: BHB Dance Class

1 – 1:30 pm: Bahirah Malik and Nafisah Malik- Poetry and spoken word 

2 – 3:15 pm: Momar Ndiaye - OSU professor in residence leading a workshop on Senegalese dance

3:30 – 4 pm: CRPD Dance Teams

4:15 – 5 pm: KAC Student Dancers

5:15 – 5:45 pm: Jelani Dancers 

6:15 – 7 pm: My Great Day In Harlem Short Film Screening

 

Additional Information

Entertainment/Live Performances

Drumming Circle- Ayinde West Teaching and leading drumming

King Arts Complex Dancers- Youth Dance program showcase from the King Arts Complex

Drumming Circle- Sogbety Diomande Teaching drumming 

Bahirah Malik and Nafisah Malik- Poetry and spoken word

Momar Ndiaye- OSU professor in residence leading a workshop on Senegalese dance 

CRPD Dance- Youth Dance program showcase from various community center programs

Jelani Dancers- Youth Dance program showcase from various community center program

Education

Bronzeville/ King Arts Complex Tours- 6pm Friday; noon & 4pm Saturday: Tour of the Bronzeville area learning about historically relevant sites and private tour of the King Arts Complex

DJ BHB- Teaching hip hop and various dance styles

Columbus Metropolitan Library- Story time and Reading programs

OSU Department of Natural Resources- Nature activities related to Central Ohio animals and plants

Maroon Arts Group- Food Walk- Learn about growing your food and nearby resources

Genealogy Program- Who do you think you are? Getting started in tracing your genealogy, 4-6pm

Columbus Fire Department Smokehouse- Fire Safety education

Columbus Police Department- Safety and Community Outreach

Bring the Farm to You- Education and interaction with farm animals

Bump the Floor- Learn about deejaying and what goes into the process

Local Matters- Cooking demonstrations and food education

Genealogy Program- Who do you think you are? Getting started in tracing your genealogy

Mobile City Hall

Health & Wellness

Black Men Run- Run @ 9:00 am; Information about programming and opportunities

Raw Yoga 614- Yoga for everyone and every body

Petrel Wallace Meditation- Meditation for every mind

Africentric Personal Development Shop

American Cancer Society

CelebrateOne

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA)

Donate Life/ Lifeline of Ohio

Faith Thomas Foundation

Healthy Columbus

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