FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will play host to the 30th-annual Art’s Alive Festival on Saturday, March 24.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, and is free and open to the public. The event is a celebration of the visual and performing arts for the whole family, with simultaneous performances at several different venues on campus.
This year’s featured attractions are The O’Kaysions and Mac Frampton. The O’Kaysions will perform on the main outdoor stage from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mac Frampton will perform in the Fine Arts Center’s Adele Kassab Recital Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. The House of Blues band NTranze will also perform. The festival’s lineup of other talented musicians performing throughout the day, include the University of South Carolina Madrigal Singers, Lucia and Levi, the Pee Dee Workshop Gospel Choir, baritone Jason S. McKinney, FMU’s show choir Cut Time and the Pee Dee Community Youth Choir.
In addition, artists will be showing and selling their work at the festival. There will be watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, woodwork, hand-painted glassware, sweetgrass baskets, stained glass, jewelry, fabric, portraits, metal work and more.
A number of dance groups will perform, including the South Carolina Dance Theatre group consisting of about 50 dancers from age nine to teenagers.
They along with nine other groups will clap, side-step, shuffle and kick either in the McNair Auditorium or the Outdoor Dance Stage to entertain Florence residents this year. Other groups include the South Carolina Dance Theatre, the Performing Arts Academy, Coker Repertory Dance Company, Phat Pheet of Williams Middle School, the Tri-City Shag Club, Dancin’ on Main, Kelley’s Fine Arts, Showbiz Studio & Dance Company, School of Dance Arts and Dance for Joy Dance Studio.
Children’s events include nationally recognized storyteller Doug Elliott who will engage attendees with his collection of stories from around the world.
In addition to Elliott’s storytelling, several other performers will present entertaining programs for youngsters and adults at the Art’s Alive Festival. Kenny Mikey and Riley Roam of Page Turner Adventures will perform fairy tales for children, and the Society for Creative Anachronism will present Middle Ages and Renaissance exhibits for the whole family. Children will also be able to make medieval style crafts and artwork with this group.
Other performers include The Florence Little Theatre Schoolhouse Players, comedy showman Wade Henry, mime artist Willie Shaw and an FMU Student Art Guild sidewalk chalk art competition.
A recycled reading book sale will also be held.
Visitors to the festival may bring a picnic lunch, or purchase food from a variety of food vendors sure to suit all tastes.
For more information, contact the FMU Office of Community Relations at 843-661-1225.
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