Arts Festival Expands Hours, Activities

Arts Festival Expands Hours, Activities

New Saturday schedule includes events for families and children

By Rosanne Pellegrini
Staff Writer

Boston College's fourth annual Arts Festival this year will expand to three days and include special offerings for families and children

. The popular event, which will be held from April 25-27, once again features a full slate of concerts, theatrical performances, poetry readings, lectures, dance and art exhibitions, film screenings, and literary, culinary and liturgical arts events at venues across Main Campus. Festival-goers from the BC community and area neighborhoods will have a chance to dabble in various artistic media, including painting, drawing and ceramics, and to participate in the now traditional swing dance held on O'Neill Plaza.

This year's festival also will include a Mass for the Arts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, celebrated on O'Neill Plaza by McIntyre Professor of English J. Robert Barth, SJ, chairman of the University Arts Council.

Lending their talents to this year's festival will be some 800 Boston College participants, including students, administrators, faculty and staff, who will showcase their abilities as musicians, actors, dancers, singers, sculptors, painters, photographers, writers, curators, filmmakers and authors.

The festival also will highlight prominent alumni artists, including filmmaker Tom Curran '86 and WCRB-FM "Morning Program" host Laura Carlo '80.

A variety of free events comprise the three-day schedule, which begins at noon on April 25. The Arts Festival will be held rain or shine, and the O'Neill Plaza performance tent is heated. Indoor rain locations will be posted on the festival's World Wide Web site,, which contains schedule information and other details.

One important addition to the festival this year is a series of events and activities for families and children on April 27. There will be face painting and multicultural arts and crafts offered from noon-4 p.m. at O'Neill Plaza, which also will be the site for a performance of children's plays from 2:45-3:45 p.m. Also, a children's story hour featuring tales from the animal kingdom will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Gasson 100.

The festival is sponsored in part by Borders bookstore at the Atrium Mall in Chestnut Hill, which this month is hosting several events involving BC artists, including an exhibition of works by students in the Fine Arts Department and a concert by the BC bOp! Jazz Trio this Saturday, April 13, from 5-7 p.m.

For information, event locations and updates, visit or call ext.2-ARTS (2787).


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