Planning is Underway for Second BC Arts Festival

Planning is Underway for Second BC Arts Festival

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Encouraged by the success of the University's inaugural Arts Festival last spring, the Boston College Arts Council is preparing for an expanded second edition.

The next Arts Festival is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28, and will again feature an assortment of musical, dramatic and dance performances, exhibitions, film screening s and other activities held in several venues.

"We received a very positive response to the first festival, not only from employees and students, but alumni and prospective students - and even complete strangers - who happened to be there that day," said Arts Council Chairman Assoc. Prof. Jeffery Howe (Fine Arts). "Spreading the event out over two days just made a lot of sense. We also felt we wanted to start organizing and putting out the word earlier this time around."

With almost 35 campus arts-related groups expressing interest in participating, Howe said the number of students and faculty exhibiting or performing in the 2000 festival is very likely to exceed the approximately 600 who did so in 1999.

Performers who have signed on thus far include the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble, My Mother's Fleabag, the Bostonians, Boston Kleztet, Voices of Imani and the Dramatics Society. Howe said there are also plans for poetry and fiction readings, and exhibitions or demonstrations of painting, drawing, sculpture and other art forms.

"We're also looking to have more participatory events, so people can get involved as well as watch and listen," Howe said.

Arts Council Project Administrators Cathi Fournier, who is coordinating the festival, noted that, once again, in addition to smaller-scale activities there will be several major events. These will include presentation of awards to members of the University community who have contributed to the arts at BC, the Boston College Concert Band spring concert, a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Patience" at Robsham Theater and a reprise of last year's well-received swing dance party in O'Neill Plaza.

Community Affairs Director Jean McKeigue said the University will seek a broader audience for the next festival, and invite local schools, museums and youth programs to take part.

Details on the Arts Festival will be available on the Boston College Arts Organizations World Wide Web page, at /arts. For more information, contact Fournier at ext.2-4935.

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