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City of Oaks Fast Becoming City of Arts

Posted May 15, 2007 12:43 p.m. EDT
Updated May 15, 2007 1:36 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has art on his mind. He announced a partnership Tuesday to bring four new festivals of the arts to the downtown area.

The festivals, which will include cutting-edge art, puppetry, holiday celebrations and visual arts, will take place at Lichtin Plaza over the next 18 to 24 months.

"These new events will showcase this beautiful plaza and performing arts center and all of the wonderful development that are happening in downtown Raleigh," said Helen White, president of Artsplosure.

"It's great to have this kind of private support. These festivals will be a lot of fun not just for citizens of Raleigh, but people across the Triangle who come down here," Meeker said.

The festivals will either be free or charge a small admission fee. Nine corporations in the Raleigh area are contributing $30,000 each to bring the festivals to the capital city.