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Columbus Arts Festival News

Performance Applications Now Open for the 2016 Columbus Arts Festival

November 4, 2015

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The nationally acclaimed Columbus Arts Festival is now accepting performing artist applications in music, dance and theatre. The 55th annual festival will take place June 10, 11 and 12, 2016 along the Columbus downtown riverfront.

The Festival hosts hundreds of juried artists from across the United States including local emerging artists and a few international artists each year. Gourmet food and beverages, hands-on art activities for the entire family, live music, spoken word, dance and more round out Columbus’ favorite outdoor, welcome-to-summer event.  Approximately 450,000 visitors attend the Festival each year.

The Festival is currently accepting applications for performers to fill dozens of slots on the ABC6 Main Stage, Dance Stage, Sharkey’s Jazz & Blues Club, Festival Acoustic Lounge, Franklinton Theatre Stage and several other venues at the festival during the three-day event. Strolling performers will perform throughout the Festival site.

“Columbus is a city with a nationally acclaimed music scene, and a tremendous passion for theatre and dance and boasts a long history of world-class performing artists,” said Scott Huntley, Festival director.  “The Columbus Arts Festival is proud to present some of the best that our city has to offer.”

For applications and specifics regarding details of participation, visit www.columbusartsfestival.org/apply.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Festival Hours:  Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Festival website is optimized for mobile and Smartphone viewing.

The 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Chobani, CoverMyMeds, COTA, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Kroger, The Ohio State University, Owners.com, Pepsi, Safelite, The Sheraton Columbus, SWACO and Toyota. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, CD102.5, Mix 107.9 and WCBE 90.5.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.