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Light it up!

Posted November 12, 2008

If you're feeling artsy head west this weekend to Winston-Salem. I'm really fascinated about a cutting-edge lighting event going on in the Twin City. It's all part of the Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair which has grown to become one of the nation's premier artisan festivals.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is set to unveil a daring one-of-a-kind light display that combines the brilliance of the Times Square lights with the dazzling holiday fireworks from Boston and Sydney, Australia. Now that's pretty heady stuff.

Some of the country's top lighting experts have teamed up with students from the school of the arts for this display at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem.  You can see it for free at the corner of Fifth and Trade Streets downtown between 6:30PM and 11:00PM from November 13th through the 15th.

Light art is growing in popularity nationwide.  Just take a look at the  Shimmer Wall outside the Raleigh Convention Center. Durham is getting an illuminated sculpture for its new performing arts center courtesy of Capitol Broadcasting Company.

What are your favorite art events across North Carolina? Please discuss.

I don't know about you but my life would be lifeless without the arts. I worry that in this economic downturn that the arts will continue to suffer from a lack of funding. The arts unlock the imagination. They stir the soul.


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  • cainp Nov 12, 2008

    My family really likes a nice holiday light show.

    Whatever happen to the light show at Walnut Creek? Does anyone know if it will ever come back?

  • blytle Nov 12, 2008

    I love musical theatre!! My husband and I have season tickets for both Broadway South and North Carolina Theatre. We have a trip planned for the coming spring to London and we plan to see as much theatre there as possible. Already have tickets to Wicked and Les Miz.

  • bleslie Nov 12, 2008

    beautifully expressed, ladybugs!

  • ladybugs-mom Nov 12, 2008

    Bill, You are so right when you say "The arts unlock the imagination. They stir the soul." My favorite arts festivals are Artsplosure and First Night. I consider First Night an arts festival b/c of all the amazing music and dance performances you can see in one night. My husband, daughter & I are all like little kids trying to get to as many performances we can during the evening.
    I honestly believe arts should be the LAST thing to be cut, not the first. They are the things that free us, that sustain us and that make us strong.

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