The annual YORUBAFEST is not your typical Dallas festival in the Fall – think State Fair or the Red River Rivalry on a sunny Dallas Saturday in October. YorubaFest is a unique indoor and outdoor festival that celebrates the music, arts, culture and traditions of the great Yoruba people of West Africa. Apart from their unique “egungun” masked dancers and “dundun” talking drums, the Yoruba people are renowned for their fine art (masks, sculptures and beaded mosaics) and clothing (adire, ankara and aso oke.) They are aso famous for the energy they put into exquisite performances in drum, dance and theater (including their beloved Nollywood movies.) Added to this is the strong presence of the Dallas African American community, many of whom have adopted Yoruba cultural motifs in dress, music and adherence to the Yoruba Ifa tradition. The YorubaFest is the vehicle that brings this joyous combination to the world in an open air festival in Dallas Texas in October. Guests and performers come from all over the world, not just the Dallas area. In a scene that mixes Old World pageantry with exotic African costumes, drumming and dancing, guests and visitors to the festival are entertained by the antics of Egungun “Koluso,” while mingling with obas, chieftains and dignitaries from Yorubaland, including perhaps the Ooni of Ife himself. For this ultimate custodian of the ancient Yoruba cultural legacy is the Grand Patron of the YorubaFest.
“Ipade Alayo” by Afro Culture
“E MA MA KOWA” by Afro Culture
DONATION & SPONSORSHIP
To support the YorubaFest, individuals and businesses may donate to Yoruba Cultural Center, the organizer of the YorubaFest, or sponsor an event at the YorubaFest. Use the donation button on this page and use the Contact Us form on the Contac Us page to indicate your interest and wishes.
YorubaFest welcomes vendors (individuals, businesses and organizations) who want to promote their products or services using the opportunity of the great attendance at this international event. Click the box below to view and print out the “Information for Vendors.” Send your information through the Contact Us page, pay online on this wesite or contact the YorubaFest Coordinator, Mr Jide Oladipupo 214-436-6280
YORUBAFEST BOOKLET ADS & CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES
YorubaFest welcomes individuals, businesses and organizations who want to place an advertisement or congratulatory message in the YorubaFest Booklet. Click below for “Forms for Advertisers” to see the rates. Send your information including digital ad images by email to yorubaculturalcenterdallas@gmail,com and pay online on this website, or contact the YorubaFest Coordinator, Mr Jide Oladipupo 214-436-6280
YORUBAFEST is a family event to which kids are welcome. There will be a safe and secure Kids Play Area during the 2 days of the festival. A canopied tent will be available for visitors who want to briefly stay out of the Dallas mid-day sun. Public portable toilets will be available. Security will be provided by Dallas City Police on patrol. Alcohol is not allowed for sale or consumption at the festival, nor drugs or weapons including firearms of any kind. Violators will be reported and detained by the police. The 58 page YorubaFest booklet will be available for guests who make a minimum $20 donation or who are sponsors or paid advertisers at the event.
Stage/grandstand accessible only to official performers and Yoruba Fest officials and volunteers.
- Free parking for vehicles and trailers
- Children’s play area
- Portable public lavatories
- Food and drinks vendors
Day 1: Saturday October 15, 2022, 11am-6pm
Day 2: Sunday October 16, 2022, 11am-6pm
Dallas TX 75237