Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival breaks attendance record

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Robert Griffeth

2015 Spotlight festival set for Nov. 5-14

Athens, Ga. – More than 21,000 people attended the University of Georgia Arts Council’s 2014 Spotlight on the Arts festival, an increase of 29 percent over the previous year.

The festival was held Nov. 6-14 and featured more than 60 events, including plays, concerts, book talks, dance performances and art exhibitions involving nationally and internationally recognized guest performers as well as UGA faculty and students. A total of 21,467 people participated in the nine-day festival compared to 16,659 people in 2013 and 14,778 people in the festival’s inaugural year, 2012.

“The fact that this year’s Spotlight festival was so well attended speaks to the outstanding quality of the arts facilities, programming and scholarship on campus,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I’m already looking forward to next year’s festival and to the many world-class arts events that occur year-round on this campus.”

Planning is already underway for the 2015 Spotlight on the Arts festival, which is scheduled for Nov. 5 to 14.

“The annual Spotlight on the Arts festival is a true group effort, and I want to thank the members of the UGA Arts Council and our many partners for making this year’s festival such a success,” said Vice Provost Russell Mumper, who chairs the UGA Arts Council. “We look forward to shining a Spotlight on the Arts in 2015 and beyond.”

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