FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will host its annual celebration of the arts on Saturday, April 9.
Arts International will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. and is free and open to the public. This celebration of the visual and performing arts is for the whole family, with simultaneous performances at several different venues on campus.
The event, a union of Francis Marion University's Art's Alive and the Pee Dee International Festival, will take place for the second time on the FMU campus. Musical performances are scheduled at stages indoors and outdoors.
Featured on the international stage are the Taiko drummers from Japan, Matsuriza; Foothills Oompah Band; African-Latino dance group Buen Ache’ Dance Company; and Chief Kamu’s Fire and Hula Show.
In the Fine Arts Center Theatre are two international one-act plays performed by the FMU Theatre – Three Tales from Japan and Senora Tortuga.
The Palmetto State Boys Choir, Atlanta-based chorus Northside Young Singers, The Cobb Festival singers of Marietta, Ga., the Brass 5 x 5 and Baritone Graham Wright will perform in Kassab Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
The University of South Carolina Dance Company will perform in Chapman Auditorium in McNair Science Building.
Marcelo Ponce y Viviana Dallas of Argentina, South Carolina’s legendary, “Blues Doctor” Drink Small, Wanda Johnson and the Shrimp City Slim, Ike and Val Woods of Miami and the Rick Strickland Band will perform on the Blues/Beach Stage.
In addition, artists from S.C., N.C., and Ga. will be showing and selling their work at the festival. There will be oils, acrylics, pottery, woodwork, stained glass, jewelry, metalwork, photography, basketry and more.
Food vendors representing countries all over the world will be on hand and cultural booths will have displays featuring global history, businesses and organizations. Also participate in a sidewalk chalk art competition and a recycled reading book sale.
The seventh-annual Art Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the festival as well. This one-day exhibition and sales event is designed to promote the quality of diverse artisans residing in the region. In addition to booths displaying items for sale, several sites will have artisans demonstrating their skills. The art show will be juried, with cash awards of $600, $300 and $150 awarded to first, second and third places, respectively.
For more information about the art show or Arts International, go to www.fmarion.edu/news/artsinternational or contact Kathy Johnson at the FMU Office of Public and Community Affairs at 843-661-1225, or firstname.lastname@example.org.