2014 Festival Guide


FESTIVAL ORIGINS 
This Festival began in 2009 in Historic Leimert Park Village.  It has always been in the same location where it is now, on the Vision Theater Special Events Lot at 43rd & Degnan, Los Angeles, CA 90008.  

The Festival was started by Sika, Amaechina Doreen and a few vendors and merchants who were looking to provide an event for the community as a result of the closure of The African Marketplace in 2009.  

The Leimert Park Village African Art & Music Festival has no affiliation with The African Marketplace or any other event.  Our event has been successful since it's inception, and has continued to attract over 15,000 people over three days.  


2014 DATES
Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, August 30
Sunday, August 31
Monday, September1

TIME
10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily
Special events at 7 Leimert Park entertainment venues will be taking place after 6pm as part of our "Leimert Park After Dark" program.

LOCATION
Historic Leimert Park Village
-between 43rd Place and 43rd Street/Homeland on Degnan Blvd.
-one block West of Crenshaw Blvd. and one block North of Vernon Ave.

-Equal distance between 4 freeways (405, 10, 110 and 105)
-Less than 3 miles from USC
-10 minutes from Culver City
-Less than 20 minutes from Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Beverly Hills & Los Angeles International Airport

Vision  Theatre Special Events Lot
Historic Leimert Park Village
4318 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008



ADMISSION
Is there an admission fee?
NO.  Our festival has always been  FREE to the public.  We offer this event as a gift to the community.  In doing so, we do hope that those who can will support our vendors and the local merchants in Leimert Park Village.


DIRECTIONS/PARKING
How do I get to the Festival?
The festival is easily accessible by Metro with convenient stops at Vernon, and 43rd/Homeland Ave.  and also at 43st Street.  To plan your trip by Metro: Click Here


What about parking?
There are metered parking lots in the immediate vicinity of the festival in addition to several lots within 1-2 blocks of the event that will be available each day.  This year, we also plan to have FREE shuttle parking from nearby parking lots that will run every 15 minutes beginning at 9:00 am.  Click here for more parking info.


ENTERTAINMENT
What type of entertainment is presented?
We present jazz, blues, reggae, r&b, Afro-beat, traditional African drumming, spoken word, hip hop, comedy, a fashion show and hair show. We have activities for children, teens and events that take place in the surrounding area after 7:00 pm.

When will the entertainment schedule be posted?
The performance schedule will be posted no later than 2 weeks before the event.
Click the appropriate link, for more info:
Entertainment        -    3-day Schedule    -    Comedy Show    -   Fashion Show   -   Natural Hair Show

FOOD/BEVERAGES
Will there be food at the festival?
Yes, the festival will have food vendors that will offer a wide variety of food and beverages including healthy options for vegans and vegetarians.

VILLAGE  MARKETPLACE SHOPPING 
What is for sale at the festival?
In addition to 50 vendors on-site, there are many shops and boutiques that line both sides of the street that offer beautiful and affordable merchandise.   We strongly encourage our audience to support our on-site vendors and the local merchants.

Our thoughts about street vendors
We discourage our audience from patronizing vendors that sell on the streets surrounding the venue because that undercuts those vendors who paid to participate in our festival and those store merchants who have overhead costs for their business.

We understand that these are economically difficult times for many, therefore, our vendor fees are the lowest in the city of any event and we have NOT raised our vendor fees since we started.   We always try and find a way to help those that need it.

Fine Art
You will find original paintings, sculptures, jewelry made with precious stones, handmade art quilts, wearable art, rare books, African antiques and more.

Quality crafts/general merchandise
This category offers a wide variety of items, including t-shirts, dresses, African clothes, hats,caps, sun visors, purses, shoes, art prints, essential oils, handmade soaps and body butters, shea butter, black soap, ceramics, jewelry and more.

 ADA ACCESSIBILITY
Is the festival accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes, the festival is ADA accessible.  There Festival grounds are flat.  There are no stairs, hills or other obstacles that have to be navigated.  We provide ADA restrooms.

Each nearby metered parking lot has a limited amount of handicapped parking spaces which fill up quickly. Persons with limited mobility concerns should either arrive early or plan to be dropped off near the Festival entrance at 4318 Degnan Blvd.

WHAT CAN I BRING TO THE FESTIVAL?
Prohibited Items
• Absolutely no alcohol or drugs of any kind.
• Roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, must be carried on the Festival grounds.
• Bicycles and scooters must be parked.
• Projectiles including balls or Frisbees.

Acceptable Items
• Food and beverage vendors are available, however, you may bring in your own picnic baskets.
• Seating is available on a first come first serve basis.  You may bring your own folding chair, however, no chairs or umbrellas will be permitted if they are blocking the view of other patrons.

Suggested Items
• Sunscreen.
• Hats and sunglasses.
• Water to stay hydrated.

VOLUNTEERING
I’d like to work and/or volunteer for the festival. Who do I contact?
Please e-mail leimertparkfestival [at] gmail [dot] com for volunteer opportunities.
Click here for more information about volunteering and to access the Volunteer Application

VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES
How can I apply for a vendor booth?
Applications for fine art, quality crafts/general merchandise and food vendors are available January 1 through early August of each year. 

The number of vendors in each category are limited, and we spaces always sell out.  Therefore, vendors are encouraged to apply and pay for their booths as early as possible.

Please email us at leimertparkfestival [at] gmail [dot] com for vendor opportunities.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 
How can I promote my brand or business?
We have a wide range of options available for businesses and brands or all sizes.  Every opportunity is tailored to meet your individual need and budget. 


TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND 
THE LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE 
AFRICAN ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL

01.  It's a quality, fun, FREE, and laid back but energetically charged atmosphere! 
02.  It's a family-friendly event with entertainment and activities for children to seniors.
03.  Because our diverse, multicultural, and multi-ethnic audience is knit together by their love for the arts.
04.  Because no one is a stranger here - bring friends or make new ones - everyone is welcome.
05.  To nourish your soul with great entertainment, good food and wonderful shopping.
06.  To enjoy a hassle free festival experience; we're not too big & not too small.
07.  To experience a great, centrally located venue in one of LA's best-loved cultural enclaves.
08.  To support live music, indie artists and local bands as well as A-list entertainers.
09.  To support our fine artists and local area merchants that need our support, especially in this economy.
10.  To show our current and potential sponsors that this event has value.

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