The University of Louisiana College of the Arts will be hosting its 5th Annual Festival of the Arts March 20-26. This year’s SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the famous Cajun band BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet.

The Festival of the Arts has something for everybody. The highly anticipated Fashion Runway Show will help start the week of events. It will be hosted in the James D. Moncus Theater at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, which is one of the sponsors for this year’s festival.

Music lovers can attend several great events throughout the week, including a performance by the UL Wind Ensemble, a symposium on traditional music, a flat-picking guitar workshop, and a UL Symphony Orchestra performance with BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. World famous musicians Bela Flek, Zakkir Hussain and Edgar Meyer will also be giving a special master class through PASA as part of the week of events.

Theater fans will be happy to know that there will be an encore showing of Picnic, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by William Inge about following one’s heart over one’s head.

There will also be a wide offering of top-notch arts events including 3-D Arts Atelier and Marais Press Printmaking workshop. Due to the recent approval of the new Moving Image Arts program, there will also be some new events for this year’s Festival of the Arts: an Animation and Media Screening and a Moving Image Arts panel discussion on “Artists’ Careers in Motion Pictures” with special guest speakers including John Peterson of Lafayette Entertainment Initiative.

Other events taking place during the week include a volunteer day where UL Architecture and Design students will be working on rebuilding a Habitat for Humanity home for Mrs. Louida Fuslier whose home burned down last year. Last but not least, the Gala Festival Finale will conclude the Festival of the Arts. This event will feature entertainment, food from the best local restaurants, drinks, a live auction, and presentation of the SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award to BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet.

The College of the Arts is comprised of the Department of Visual Arts, School of Architecture & Design, the School of Music and Performing Arts. The festival aims to increase awareness and interest in these three departments and the unique works that they produce. The festival also serves as a fundraising event for the SPARK Annual Fund, which enhances the educational opportunities of the college.

All-inclusive Festival of the Arts passes can be purchased for $75, which includes admittance to the Gala Festival Finale. For more information on ticketing and events please call 337-482-1426, email us, or visit the SOAD website.

Sunday March 20:
UL Wind Ensemble Concert
Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall, 3:00pm
Featuring Bernstein's “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,” along with music by Holst, Syler, Camphouse, Bach, & Revueltas.

Monday March 21:
Fashion Runway Show
Acadiana Center for the Arts- James D. Moncus Theater, 6pm
Featuring designs with a Baroque influence!

Tuesday March 22:
Encore performance of Picnic- a play by William Inge
Burke Theatre in Burke-Hawthorne Hall, 7:30pm
A classic tale about following one’s heart over one’s head.

3-D Arts Atelier and Marais Press Printmaking
Fletcher Hall
Ongoing until Wednesday March 23.

Wednesday March 23:
Animation and Media Screening
Fletcher Hall 5:30pm and 6:30pm

Cajun/Bluegrass Flat-Picking Guitar Picking Summit
With David Doucet and David Sonnier
Angelle Hall Choral Room 7:30pm

Thursday March 24:
PASA Master Classes by Bela Flek, Zakkir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer
Angelle Hall Room 153, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Moving Image Arts Panel Discussion
Fletcher Auditorium, 7:30pm
“Artists’ Careers in Motion Pictures” with special guests including John Peterson of Lafayette Entertainment Initiative

Friday March 25:
Symposium on Traditional Music
Angelle Hall Room 153, 1:30-5pm

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet with the UL Symphony Orchestra
Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall, 7:30pm

Saturday March 26:
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day
448 Carver Street, 8am-5pm
Come help with a “wall raising” on the SOAD Building Institute Habitat for Humanity home for Mrs. Louida Fuslier whose home burned last year.

Gala Festival Finale!
Dupre Library, 7pm
Featuring entertainment, food from the best local restaurants, drinks, a live auction, and presentation of the SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award to BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet.


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