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All About The Asbury Arts Center, Aka Babeville

Written by Cecilia H.

Babeville is a state-of-the-art facility with charm and history behind its doors. It is located in Buffalo's theater district on Delaware Avenue. Located in Buffalo, Babeville is an exceptional

art and event venue that encapsulates the rich history and vibrant spirit of the city. This unique space has become an iconic cultural hub that attracts artists, musicians, and art enthusiasts alike. Babeville was once a former church that has now been renovated into a multi-purpose event space. This 19th-century church was once at risk of being destroyed but was saved by Ani DiFranco and Scot Fisher who renovated it into a beautiful event space. Ani DiFranco, who was a singer/songwriter active from the early 90s and on wanted Babeville to be very special. Ani DiFranco described her goals for Babeville to be as" to create a dynamic place that will have a momentum of its own once all the creative people are in there, and there is music happening at night, and art hanging on the walls and crazy cinema in the basement.” Babeville has multiple venues, including the Asbury Hall, The Ninth Ward, and the Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. The Asbury Hall has balcony seating, original stained glass windows, intricate woodwork, and soaring ceilings creating a distinctive atmosphere that merges history with contemporary creativity. The Ninth Ward is a hidden gem- an underground bar great for listening and smaller bands. The bar itself is built partially from the beams of Asbury Hall. Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is a non-profit organization that shows the work of contemporary artists. The arts center showcases a stunning gallery and a screening room. In summary, Babeville is an extraordinary art and event venue that showcases Buffalo's history, shows artistic expression, and brings the community together. By embracing its unique location and maintaining a commitment to inclusivity, Babeville enriches the cultural landscape of Buffalo, making it a city that celebrates creativity, diversity, and the power of the arts.

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