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What to Expect at Arts Festival 2017

It’s that time of year again. Finals are on the horizon, the winter-torn grass lies in wait for its annual transplant, and the Arts Festival tents are primed and ready for the big event. From April 27-29, Boston College students and faculty will present music, theater, dance, poetry, film, painting, sculpture, and more on campus in an annual event that draws in the surrounding communities.

“By ending the school year with a burst of artistic activity, the campus feels alive, and we are excited to celebrate the 19th annual festival this year,” noted Arin Lustberg, the Assistant Festival Director at BC’s Arts Council. “The Arts Festival never fails to be one of the most vibrant and exciting events at Boston College.”

“Students have the added bonus of relieving end-of-semester stress, while members of the surrounding communities are given the opportunity to delight in all forms of art, from the laugh-out-loud humor offered by comedy groups to the transcendent beauty of the many dance ensembles to the boldness of the studio art students' work in the Stokes Art Tent,” added Lustberg.

Students tend to use Arts Festival as a kind of productive procrastination—putting off their formal studies to engage in the art, culture, and talent on campus.

Lustberg specifically highlighted the return of Tracey Wigfield at this year’s festival, a BC alum, comedy writer, and Emmy award winner who has contributed to shows like 30 Rock and The Mindy Project. Students can check out the schedule of Ms. Wigfield’s events at http://www.bc.edu/offices/artscouncil/festival.html, along with all the ins and outs of Arts Festival.

In the past, BC’s Best and BC Underground, two musical events featuring student performances, have been heavily attended. They take place, respectively, on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m.

Lustberg also provided some advice for students unsure of how to engage with Arts Festival:

“We recommend students go through the schedule and pick a few events each day which match their interests! Love live music? There is an A Capella showcase each day in the Main Tent, as well as performances by the Symphony Orchestra, the Popular Styles Ensemble, and the Chamber Music Society. Interested in connecting with BC’s Catholic roots? The Liturgy Arts Group performs in Gasson Thursday evening, and Voices of Imani will be singing in the O’Neill Plaza Tent on Saturday at 3:00pm. Love visual art? Check out the Gallery Opening in the Stokes Art Tent, featuring BC student art all in a cool pop-up gallery on Thursday at 4:30 PM. The list goes on and on.”

Arts Fest is a chance to take a break from studying and support your fellow BC artists, whether its listening to your roommate's band perform or getting lost in student artwork.

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