The Entertainment Committee is responsible for the programming and operation of all entertainment on ComFest stages. Every year, the committee does its best to showcase a diverse spectrum of Columbus-based talent and genres that speak to ComFest principles of inclusion and working for the collective good of the people.
The Entertainment Committee meets frequently throughout the year. The goal of the committee is to help the entertainment bring people to the event, where they can learn about community organizations and social movements that embody ComFest principles.
Entertainment at the Community Festival has always been more than music. Throughout the history of ComFest, the entertainment has included spoken word and poetry, dance, film, live arts, and fine arts. It began with local artists and entertainers and has evolved into a tradition of presenting the finest local talent in Columbus.
ComFest does not depend on national or regional acts and speakers to carry the event. We invite locally-sourced performers, workshops and speakers that reinforce out social and cultural aspirations as defined in our Statement of Principles. In the spirit of being a community event, ComFest prides itself on giving local artists and entertainers an opportunity to share their craft with their community and support the purposes of the festival. The entertainment is almost exclusively provided by local artists and entertainers who perform for free, as their donation to the Community Festival.
Currently, ComFest features over 150 acts on five stages. Music predominates Bozo, Gazebo, Live Arts, and the new Goodale Stage. The Live Arts Stage also includes singer/songwriters, dance, drumming, and healing arts. The Peace & Healing Pavilion features workshops, discussion panels, poetry, and healing arts offered by Spirit & Purpose, as well as comedy.