Columbus Arts Festival Brings More Than 160 Performances to Seven Stages
For immediate releaseMay 9, 2016
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The 2016 Columbus Arts Festival will offer everything from jazz and classical music to slam poetry and aerial dance the weekend of June 10-12. With seven stages this year and more than 160 performances the downtown riverfront will rock, swing, leap and, above all, entertain.
This year’s ABC6 Main Stage will host multiple acts such as Shadowbox Live’s collaborative work Gallery of Echoes—The ColumbUS Public Art Project on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night also includes ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra performing together. Saturday brings more local bands in a wide range of styles from rock with Plaid Brixx to Columbus based singer-songwriter Happy Chichester. Sunday afternoon will see the Andy Shaw Band and Dwight Lennox.
New this year, the Groove U Stage will feature over a dozen performances on Saturday and Sunday, including The Muppet Mayhem Band, Time Out and Snow Day. Club Sharkey’s and the Acoustic Stage will host more than 20 acts and have plenty of seating, tables, and food and beverage vendors nearby. Club Sharkey’s will feature performances from Topher James and the Biscuit Brigade, Anna and the Consequences and The Salty Caramels, while the Acoustic Stage includes acts from Isken, Victoria Lynn and Troy Petty.
The Franklinton Stage returns for a second year, and will feature around 20 performances throughout the weekend from local troupes like Actors Theatre of Columbus, Madlab Theatre, Columbus Children’s Theatre and Short North Stage.
The Dance Stage returns, too, and will have more than 15 performances throughout the weekend, with groups like TRANSIT ARTS, BalletMet Academy, Columbus Dance Theatre and Xclaim featured.
In addition, pop-up performances at the southwest corner of Town St. and Washington Blvd. will occur with Movement Activities and Flaggots Ohio. Movement Activities specializes in aerial dance and other non-traditional performances.
More than 70 poets, authors and storytellers will grace the Ohio Magazine Word is Art stage on Friday and Saturday, from local poet Amy Turn Sharp to storyteller Frank McGarvey. Friday night will finish out with the Storyteller Swap, while Saturday wraps with a poetry slam. Saturday morning young writers will share their work from the Flip the Page literary journal, which gets published that weekend.
The ABC6 Main stage has a reserved seating area for guests with Friends of the Festival packages, and open space on the Biecentiennial Park lawn. The other six performance stages will have chairs and tables, with food and beverage vendors located nearby so patrons can cool down, enjoy a meal and watch one of Columbus’ many great entertainers.
Friends of the Festival packages start at $75 and include reserved seating at the ABC6 Main Stage, all-weekend access to the VIP Lounge with free water and private restrooms, and more benefits. To become a Friend of the Festival, visit columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/friends-of-the-festival
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 Brewing Co., Chobani, CoverMyMeds, COTA, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Kroger, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, Owners.com, Pepsi, Safelite Autoglass, The Sheraton Columbus, Svedka, 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, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.