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THE PAFF ArtFEST CONTINUES TO BE THE PERFECT SUPPORTING EXPERIENCE OF THE PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL!
PAFF ArtFEST and Artistic Director, Allohn (left), stopping by a vendor table  at the 
26th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival.
Photo Credit: Venus Bernardo Photography
(LOS ANGELES, CA) March 6, 2018: Behind every great lead actor, there's a great supporting actor who adds color and depth to a story line. So is the case with the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), who leads the industry as the largest Black film festival and the largest Black History Month event in the United States, but PAFF has a supporting experience that adds to its impact and reach. It is the PAFF ArtFEST! 

Sponsored, in part, by grants from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the PAFF ArtFEST features over  100 established and emerging fine artists and quality craftspeople from all over the world. With artistic aesthetic that is rooted in Africa and its Diaspora, featured artists present their creative works using oil on canvas, watercolor and pastels, acrylic paper, glass, ceramics, metal, cloth, plastic, wax, wire, leather, stone and more!
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Each year, the PAFF ArtFEST brings out over 100,000+ visitors from Los Angeles, across the country and around the world. PAFF ArtFEST & Artistic Director, Allohn, does his part to showcase one-of-a-kind artists who present unique arts and crafts, designer and traditional fashions, jewelry, home decor and fashion accessories. He also designs and decorates special event experiences for the festival as well as true-to-life creations such as PAFF's jaw-dropping "Wakanda Chair," which was a huge hit this year with festival-goers and celebrities!

"The PAFF ArtFEST is the crown jewel of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival," mentions, Agbenya. "As the curator of this experience, I make it my personal mission to find and showcase hand-crafted pieces of art, jewelry and fashion couture from around the world that brings Black and African culture to life."

TAKE A PEEK AT THE 2018 ArtFEST EXPERIENCE
Featured artist, Porter Ajai, featured with his artwork display.
Photo credit: Venus Bernardo Photography
Amazing works of art helped shape the atmosphere of the ArtFEST.
Photo credit: Venus Bernardo Photography
Amazing jewelry displays wowed the attendees.
Photo credit: Allohn
Uniquely crafted neck pieces captured the attention of everyone who walked by.
Photo credit: Allohn
Needless to say, the PAFF ArtFEST has it all!
Photo credit: Allohn
Beautiful displays of clothing, crafts and more around every corner!
Photo credit: Allohn
On-site painting was a hit with festival attendees.
Photo credit: Venus Bernardo Photography
The PAFF ArtFEST is full of colorful and creative fashion couture.
Photo credit: Venus Bernardo Photography
Featured artist displays showcased both paintings and sculptures.
Photo credit: Allohn
There's no better place to find unique craftsmanship from all over the world.
Photo credit: Allohn
And one-of-a-kind adornments!
Photo credit: Allohn
Special events and after parties featured breathtaking decor by Allohn!
Photo Credit: Allohn
Surely, the most exciting piece of artwork at PAFF 2018... "The Wakanda Chair," which was designed and created by Allohn!
 Photo Credit: Snap'N U Photos
"The Wakanda Chair" was a hit with all festival attendees, even famed superstar, Tamar Braxton, and her son, Logan Herbert!
Photo Credit: Snap'N U Photos

DOWNLOAD PICTURE SELECTS HERE: http://bit.ly/PAFFArtFEST2018 

There are many elements that make the PAFF ArtFEST an exciting must-see/must do bazaar. Amidst the vendor tables, painting stations and clothing racks are impressive displays of art from some of the world's most prolific creatives who are invited each year to showcase their work. These special guest artists make up a roster of the most exciting features on the showroom floor!

Special guests of the 2018 PAFF ArtFEST include:

Porter Ajai (Painting - Nigeria)
Damola Adepoju (Painting - Nigeria)
Fedelis Eze Odogwu (Metal Sculpture - Nigeria)
Donovan McLean (Mix Media - New York)
Assina Obela (Fashion Photography - France)

One of the most important features of compelling art at PAFF are the coveted filmmaker awards! Designed by Allohn Agbenya, a Ghana native, and longtime featured Senegalese artist, Aziz Diagne, the PAFF filmmaker awards are unmatched in beauty, style and creativity.  

When asked of the inspiration behind the design of the awards, Agbenya shared, " In my country, Ghana, a staff in the nature and size that I've designed are given to people who excel in their industry and community. A staff is a symbol of authority in their endeavors." 

He continued, "The plates that are designed by Aziz are created with a traditional technique from his community in Senegal called 'suwer,' which is what artists today identify as reverse painting on glass. It is thoughtful in design and, most times, results in being some of the most glorious artwork ever seen."

The PAFF plate award is a majestic creation with intricate designs and a magnificent glossy finish. The PAFF staff award is a regal, three-dimensional wood sculpture topped off with a weighty silver insignia that illustrates the legitimacy, capabilities, wisdom and praise of those who receive it. 

SEE THESE BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS FOR YOURSELF
PAFF ArtFEST Director, Allohn Agbenya, and PAFF Executive Director, Ayuko Babu, preparing to distribute awards at the 2018 PAFF Filmmaker Awards Brunch.
Photo Credit: Venus Bernardo Photography
PAFF Staff Award designed by Allohn Agbenya.
Photo Credit: Venus Bernardo Photography
PAFF Award Winner for "Best Narrative Short," Kemiyondo Coutinho (Kyenvu)
Photo Credit: Venus Bernardo Photography
PAFF Plate Award designed by Aziz Diagne.
Photo Credt: Venus Bernardo Photography

PAFF Programmer Award Winner for "Narrative Feature," Alfons Adetuyi (Love Jacked)
Photo Credit: Koi Sojer - Snap'N U Photos

VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM PAFF'S 2018 FILMMAKER AWARDS BRUNCH:   http://bit.ly/PAFFFilmmakerAwards18 

PAFF FESTIVAL DATES CONFIRMED FOR 2019

If you missed this year's PAFF experience, DON'T WORRY! You can mark your calendar and start planning to attend the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival, which will take place  Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18  in Los Angeles, California. Stay tuned to the festival's official website, www.PAFF.org, and social media channels for exciting updates, festival news and information!

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ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL
Established in 1992, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization - has remained dedicated to showcasing a broad spectrum of Black creative works; particularly, those that reinforce positive images and help to advance cultures, races and lifestyles. PAFF also serves as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time and aides in the promotion of cultural understanding between peoples of African descent.

Now in its 26th year, the 12-day 2018 PAFF experience featured  75+ fine artists and  170+ new films from over 40 countries within five continents and in 26 languages. This annual  exhibition of film, art, culture and creative expression is the largest Black film festival and the largest Black History Month celebration in the U.S. PAFF attracts  a diverse global audience hailing from the  United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada, South America and the South Pacific, which translates into over  90K art fest attendees, 40K film enthusiasts and 5000 students, annually. 

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival is directed by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Proud Mary), Ja'Net DuBois (Good Times) and Ayuko Babu (Executive Director). The 27th Annual PAFF experience is scheduled to take place Thursday, February 7 - Monday, February 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.   For more details and ticket information, visit www.PAFF.org.

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