From Grammy winners, art master pieces, indie music and award-winning theatre to an eclectic four-day event celebrating all things chocolate, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (UAC) is gearing up for the City’s second annual 17 DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, with a growing schedule of events from September 21 through October 7.
Following up on its inaugural success, the 2012 17 DAYS Arts & Culture Festival schedule is taking shape with more than 100 independently produced arts and cultural events across the city — an unprecedented level of collaboration among Greensboro’s arts organizations and producers — under the leadership of the UAC.
The UAC organizes and hosts the 17 DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, securing major media support from the News & Record and Clear Channel Radio (a complete list of sponsors is below) to fuel the arts marketplace as the fall arts season opens. Last year’s Festival attracted 60,000 participants; the UAC aims for the Festival and Greensboro to become a major destination point in the Southeast.
“Greensboro is a city of, by and for the arts,” noted UAC President & CEO Thomas Philion. “With an economic impact of more than $118 million dollars a year in Guilford County, our vibrant arts scene is a formidable economic engine. Excellent programming and eclectic offerings are revitalizing our city, attracting young people, supporting downtown growth, and making Greensboro and its popular lifestyle a new and very different cultural destination in the Southeast.”
The schedule includes a rich diversity of offerings, from theatre, music, art exhibits, and dance, to interesting community events and activities for families. Among the highlights are both free and ticketed events, including:
- Grammy winner BRANFORD MARSALIS & pianist JOEY CALDERAZZO for an intimate evening of jazz
- A four-day CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA weekend...with tastings, wine pairings, and special chocolate-themed activities at various locations – including a special Chocolate Extravaganza Wine Dinner and a Chocolate and Champagne Brunch Cooking Class, both at the Proximity Hotel
- UNCG partners with the Greensboro Opera for GOT OPERA?, an evening of favorite opera arias and highlights with UNCG alums hailing from the stages of The Met and New York City Opera, all under the direction of Dmitry Sitkovetsky
- North Carolina’s Artist – and Greensboro native – WILLIAM MANGUM – will host a special exhibition spanning works from his 35-year career
- Works from JACKSON POLLOCK, WILLEM DE KOONING, ALFRED MAURER and others will be on exhibit, as part of the “On the Path to Abstraction” exhibit at the Weatherspoon Art Museum
- Nationally acclaimed Triad Stage launches their 12th season with TROUBLE IN MIND, a groundbreaking backstage satire of egos and attitudes with an insightful look at who we are and who we want to be
- Three films from the 2012 Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival will be shown at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. These riveting stories empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference
- Inspired by the poetry of Louis Mustafa Audrey, UNCG Dance faculty with Cyrus Art Productions present MIDDLE PASSAGE, an evening of dance, song, and spoken word reflecting the life force and cultural vibrancy of Africans and their descendants, living in America
- O.HENRY’S 150TH BIRTHDAY GALA, celebrating William Sydney Porter’s 150th birthday will be hosted at Greensboro’s acclaimed O.Henry Hotel. This extravagant dinner designed by Green Valley Grill’s Executive Chef Leigh Hesling, will delight and entertain, with proceeds benefiting the Greensboro Historical Museum
- National act LAKE STREET DIVE headlines First Friday’s RED OAK BEER GARDEN, with its own unique, largely acoustic, groove driven strain of indie pop. Local group DOBY will headline the event featuring artisan Red Oak Beer, bratwurst and guaranteed fun. Admission is free with proceeds from beer and bratwurst sales benefitting the UAC’s ArtsFund. Proper ID required
- British Blues Awards “Best UK Female Vocalist” JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR performs at Blind Tiger
- Latin music superstars THE BRONX HORNS celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Empire Ballroom
For the complete schedule of events and ticket information, visit www.17DAYSGreensboro.org.
About the Greensboro United Arts Council
The United Arts Council is Greensboro’s largest dedicated source of financial support for the city's creative community, and the only umbrella arts resource, funding arts and culture from nationally recognized programs to community arts projects and arts education. The UAC strives to provide access to the arts to all cultures, ages and economic backgrounds by investing more than $1 million in grants and services into the community each year. For more information, please visitwww.UACarts.org.
Proximity and O.Henry Hotels are the Official Host Hotels; Visual Graphic Solutions the Official Print Provider; and Steinway the Official Piano of the 17 DAYS Arts & Culture Festival.