MAVUNO Festival

Throughout the fall, Sweetwater will be celebrating its annual MAVUNO Festival of African American Art and Culture. The MAVUNO Festival was created 21 years ago by a group of local citizens and art enthusiasts who were inspired to highlight the African American community in Sewickley and the surrounding areas.

Each year, the MAVUNO Festival provides educational and cultural experiences for community members including exhibitions our gallery, musical performances highlighting the best talent our region has to offer, as well as lectures and workshops for all ages. We are thankful for the opportunity to create this programming each year in celebration of African American art, culture and history in our region. 

2017 MAVUNO Festival of African American Art & Culture

MAVUNO Music Workshops
Saturdays in October
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

One-day workshops in Hip Hop, African Drumming, and Gospel Music. Learn tricks-of-the-trade, traditions, and techniques in these unique musical styles that you don’t often learn in a formal setting. All ages welcome! Click below for more information & to register!


10/14 - Hip Hop Workshop with Holly Hood

10/21 - African Drumming with Dante Anthony

10/28 - Gospel Workshop with Deryck Tines


$35/workshop ($25 members)

The Mavuno Music Workshops were planned in collaboration with Holly Hood & Beth Kivowitz.



MAVUNO Exhibition
Painting With Fabrics

Solo Exhibition of works by Don 'DonCee' Coulter
Exhibition Dates: September 22 - November 4, 2017
Reception: September 22, 2017, 5:00-9:00pm

MAVUNO Music Series
Every Friday in October
7:00-9:00 PM

Spend your chilly fall evenings with us enjoying great music with complimentary wine, beer, & light hors d’oeuvres in Sweetwater’s intimate night club setting. Each week our MAVUNO Music Series will offer amazing local talent in a different genre of music with a show you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets early and save!


Members: $20 advance/$25 day of event
Non-members: $25 advance/$30 day of event




October 20 – The Buckle Downs
Powerhouse vocals with funky groves and vintage psychedelic solos. www.thebuckledowns.com



October 27 – The Stevee Wellons Band 
High energy and soulful blues. www.swbrocks.com





MAVUNO Gospel Brunch
November 4, 2017
12:00-2:00 PM

Celebrate the joy of beautiful music and delicious food together! Our MAVUNO Gospel Brunch will feature a bountiful buffet of soul food and a build your own bloody mary bar. Join us for inspiring performances that will give you a truly uplifting and joyous afternoon!


St. Matthews A.M.E. Zion Church Choir of Sewickley

 Pastor Deryck Tines and The Lemington Gospel Chorale of Pittsburgh


Members: $20 advance/$25 day of event
Non-members: $25 advance/$30 day of event







Sweetwater would like to thank our 2018 MAVUNO Festival sponsor The Sewickley Eye Group, and our media sponsors 91.3 WYEP & 90.5 WESA. We would also like to thank our collaborators Holly Hood & Beth Kivowitz.