Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, featuring more than 40 Fairfax-area events showcasing local performance and visual artists, announces its schedule for the 29th annual festival that runs from Friday, April 25, to Monday, May 17, 2014. This year’s Spotlight, themed “A Voyage of Discovery” features not only artists from established arts groups familiar to Spotlight fans, but also artists from nontraditional arts and cultural groups from the area. Spotlight’s wide-ranging event schedule reflects the depth and diversity found in Fairfax’s cultural community.

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be discovered. The time to start is now. “A Voyage of Discovery” for 2014’s Spotlight on the Arts festival will highlight the transforming performances, partnerships and events that make up our  arts and heritage regionally and in our own community. We will discover some of the great cultures and music from the ancient and modern worlds and, along the way, we will also share the stories and insights from those cultures that make up our City and Community.

In fact, Spotlight provides Fairfax and the surrounding area with an occasion to come together as a community and celebrate the talent its citizens have to offer. Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne said, ”Spotlight on the Arts provides unique opportunities for community participation in the Fairfax community through musicals, concerts, events and exhibits—for all to enjoy. The City of Fairfax is stronger because of Spotlight’s long-standing success.”

Spotlight began in 1985 as a cooperative effort by the City of Fairfax and George Mason University with two aims: to enhance the community’s awareness of the many arts and cultural opportunities offered in Fairfax, and to encourage the expansion of the arts through support of fledgling community arts organizations.

The 2014 Spotlight Festival is closely associated with local cultural groups and is partnered with nontraditional arts groups to produce unconventional arts events. This year Spotlight is partnering with The Turkish American community and presenting “An International Children Festival” – an exciting evening hi-lighting the diversity of cultures in our Community! Other events include the 2nd Annual  “Fashion in Motion, a musical runway presentation of fashions created by students presented by Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts;  “Celebrate Earth Day!” offering opportunities to learn about Fairfax community gardens, to talk to a master gardener and to participate in a seed swap, in association with the City of Fairfax Sustainability Committee.

Spotlight also presents the traditional arts events, such as Vienna-Falls Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, who perform four-part a cappella harmony and dance in the barbershop music style. Finally, Spotlight welcomes back many beloved local artists: Acting for Young People with a presentation of “Willy Wonka, Jr.,” City of Fairfax Band, the Main Street Community Band, the Annual Bluegrass Festival hosted at local business The Auld Shebeen  – and so many more exciting events…so check out the calendar – and come along and enjoy the best Arts Festival in Northern Virginia  – Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts!

Cinco de Mayo—Spotlight on the Arts Festival
May 2013 Fairfax Scene

For more information on Spotlight, please call (703) 352-ARTS or visit www.fairfaxspotlight.org.






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