Celebrating the Coastal South: Lumina Festival of the Arts Returns

Monday, April 01, 2019

Art lovers in search of a summer festival offering a plethora of visual and performing arts events will find what they’re looking for at the annual Lumina Festival of the Arts.

UNCW’s summer festival celebrating the coastal south returns July 12-28 and features nearly 30 events including music, poetry, opera, theater and dance. Performance and screenings will be held at various locations on the UNCW campus and venues throughout Wilmington. Tickets go on sale May 1.

Grammy-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens will make a second appearance at the festival with special guests master musician Regina Carter and award-winning author John Jeremiah Sullivan for “Lost Love Song,” a musical quest for a forgotten song by Samuel Coleridge Taylor, a London musician often dubbed “the first great black composer” by music scholars.

The event also includes the “Hooked on Arts” street fair, a collaboration between the Lumina Festival of the Arts and UNCW College of Health & Human Services that celebrates the healing power of creativity. The family-friendly festival brings together art vendors, food trucks, visual and performing arts and an opportunity to help the community. The festival aims to raise awareness about arts-based therapy and support of addiction-related services and community partners in the Cape Fear region.

For a full schedule of events and ticket information, visit Free or reduced-price student tickets are available for most events. Contact the Kenan Auditorium Box Office for details at 910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643. Box Office hours are noon – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

-- Venita Jenkins