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Wilmington Arts Events: Lumina Festival

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lumina Festival of the Arts is approaching its third year. A confluence of thirty performances of music, dance, poetry, film, and theatre spanning seventeen days, the Lumina Festival will unite the entire Cape Fear community in a celebration of the arts on the UNCW campus.  

For the past three years, Lumina has brought high-caliber artists to Wilmington. Last year’s roster included Rhiannon Giddens, recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, Alchemical Theatre’s Twelfth Nightnominated for “Best Play” by the StarNews Wilmington Theatre Awards, and Audrey Ochoa, Edmonton Canada’s most prolific trombone player. 

In a 2017 interview with encore, Director of the Office of the Arts Kristen Brogdon said, “The long-term goal is for the Lumina Festival to become an arts destination for the people of North Carolina and the Coastal South.” And with each passing summer, the Lumina Festival of the Arts has proved to be a cultural cornerstone for the Cape Fear region.  

We’re thrilled to see Rhiannon Giddens return to the Kenan Auditorium stage this year with Regina Carter and John Jeremiah Sullivan for the debut performance of Lost Love Song, a musical quest for an iconic song forgotten by history. 

La Boheme Wilmington Arts EventsOpera Wilmington, UNCW’s resident company and a cultural touchstone of the coastal Carolinas, will stage La Bohème, Puccini’s operatic masterpiece of love and loss, with four different performances in the Mainstage Theatre.  

Make Trouble is a summer Shakespeare company sponsored by Alchemical Theatre Company that serves the region with world-class, low-cost actor training. This summer, the company will be performing Timon of Athens and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Lumina Festival will also feature a Spotlight on Theater, featuring new plays by local artists Robin Post, Khalisa Rae, Ed Wagenseller, and Mouths of Babes Theatre Company.  

Ahead of their opening performances in Durham, American Dance Theatre will perform Footprints, three modern dance classics by the groundbreaking choreographers Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Paul Taylor. This performance will be followed by a FREE energizing Latin Dance Salsa Party with Wilmington Latin Dance. 

 With the aim of being as accessible as possible, there are four free events in the Lumina mix, including the family-friendly Hooked on Arts, a two-day celebration of the healing power of creativity with art vendors, food trucks, and family fun. 

This arts extravaganza will be overflowing with inspiration and excitement for audiences and artists alike in Wilmington and the entire Cape Fear region. With a continued emphasis on highlighting local talent and bringing the community and university together, the 2019 Lumina Festival of the Arts is poised to be the best yet.  

Grab your tickets for the 2019 Lumina Festival of the Arts, and find the full schedule of Lumina events here 

-Lindsay Lake