Monday, September 7, 2009

2009 Westobou Festival Sept 17 - 26

The 2009 Westobou Festival, September 17 – 26, celebrates excellence in the arts and will feature performances by local, regional, and nationally-recognized artists. Performances, including dance, music, theater and visual arts, are taking place in downtown Augusta, at Augusta State University and Paine College, and in North Augusta, S. C.

Each day and evening of the Festival will be filled with a variety of presentations designed to dazzle visitors and showcase Augusta’s wealth of artistic talent. Whether your passion is contemporary theatrical performances or traditional symphony events, strolling through gallery exhibitions or listening to jazz, you’ll find it all . . . and more . . . at the 2009 Westobou Festival.

Highlights of the 2009 Festival include concerts featuring The Avett Brothers, Keb’ Mo’ and Patricia Barber - presented by the Westobou Festival. Other highlights include the 29th Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival presented by the Greater Augusta Arts Council, Video Games Live presented by the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage presented by The Morris Museum of Art and the Greater Augusta Arts Council within the Southern Soul and Song Series, Elisabeth von Trapp in Concert presented by The Riverwalk Series, Inc., Steel Magnolias presented by The Augusta Players, Sitka Trio and The Blind Boys of Alabama presented by Augusta State University, Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods of Jazz featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet presented by the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, American Ballet Theatre II presented by Augusta Ballet, Inc . . . and much, much more!

The Westobou Festival was conceived in 2005 by the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County, in conjunction with their work on behalf of the Porter Fleming Foundation. The Foundation was created in 1963 by Augusta resident Berry Fleming to honor his father, Porter Fleming. The Trustees have contracted with Augusta Westobou Festival, Inc. to produce the Westobou Festival. Now in its second year, the 2009 Westobou Festival is shaping up to include performances that will appeal to a variety of audiences, and attract visitors from the Southeast. The 2008 Festival drew over 100,000 visitors from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida . . . and as far away as California, New York and Illinois. The festival’s website received over 1.5 million hits! This year’s event is poised to be even bigger and better.

Check for the 2009 schedule of events, maps, and hotel partner information.
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