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Lumina Festival 2019: A Photoblog

Friday, August 2, 2019

It has been a crazy couple of weeks (months, actually) here in Kenan Auditorium. With 28 arts events happening over 17 days, there has always been something to do. From Poetry Jam to Campfireball and all of the events in between, the Office of the Arts was thrilled to join the Wilmington community in another year of celebrating local, diverse, multi-disciplinary art.  

This was the third annual Lumina Festival of the Arts, and event highlights included Opera Wilmington’s La Bohème, Lost Love Song with Rhiannon Giddens, Regina Carter, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, as well as productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Timon of Athens from Make Trouble.  

Even though the Salsa Party was rained out, families and arts lovers enjoyed some fun in the sun at Hooked on Arts Street Fair the next day.


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Our Thursday matinee Seahawk FAM performances were a hit, and full of magic experiments, song and dance, and puppets.

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Lumina Festival go-ers were even transported to the moon as part of photographer Courtney Johnson’s opening reception of Moons, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. In case you missed it, Moons is still on display in the Cultural Arts Building until August 30th 

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The festival ended with a celebration of humanity at Campfireball. Kenan Auditorium was transformed into a bunker, as attendees hid from monsters who had taken over the world. To win back the world, the humans of the bunkers had to write postcards, answer vulnerable questions, and make phone calls to the outside world (to folks who the monsters hadn’t attacked yet, of course).  

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I’m proud to announce that us bunker humans took back the world from the monsters, thanks to art and community. 


We hope to see you in Kenan Auditorium again for some Wilmington arts events soon! Our 28th season of UNCW Presents is full of inspiration, laughs, and creativity for you to enjoy. View our upcoming UNCW Presents events here. 

-Lindsay Lake