Saturday, September 4, 2010

30th Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival Set for September 17th, 18th, and 19th

The Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, now in its 30th year, is a 2 ½ day event featuring visual, performing, and literary arts, while showcasing Augusta’s diverse ethnic and cultural heritage.

Brazil is the featured country for 2010. Brazil has expanded their culinary display and will be bringing in the Brazilian Dance Group Capoeira Cordao de Ouro and Brazilian photographer D.K. Bhaskar. Capoeira is a martial arts/dance form that originated from African slaves brought to Brazil during the Colonial period.

The festival features a global food village, with cuisine from over 35 different countries, a fine arts and crafts market with over 100 artist’s booths, and four stages with over 40 performances. The Children’s Area provides FREE hands-on art experiences for more than 3000 kids.

The fine arts and crafts market includes artists such as Fred Fisher who specializes in fish rubbings, Georgia folk-artist Kay Edenfield, and local potter Betsey Borgatti. The Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival serves as an economic engine driving over 70,000 people to downtown Augusta each September. Weekend Badges are $5 in advance at SRP Federal Credit Union and $7 at the gate. For more information call (706) 826-4702 ext. 2.

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