Art’s International will showcase eclectic set of worldwide performers
The Arts International Festival, the Pee Dee’s annual celebration of arts and culture, returns to the Francis Marion University campus on Saturday, April 14.
The day will be filled with international entertainers, and food and cultural experiences from noon until 6 p.m., rain or shine. This festival returns to the campus after several years. Recently, it’s been held downtown.
This year’s lineup includes a variety of artists from a diverse set of cultures and influences:
• Cirque-style ImaginAerial • Magician Anthony Salazar
• Celtic folk rockers SYR
• Beach music and Motown virtuosos That NATION Band
• Recollection Band
• The South Carolina Dance Theatre and School of Dance Arts.
There is no admission charge for Arts International. All entertainment is free and open to the public.
Plenty of food, beverages, and craft items will be on sale at the festival. Festival food will include fare from Japan, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Germany and Italy, as well as Cajun-inspired dishes.
Local craft vendors will be part of a large contingent at the Artisan Fair, which features demonstrations as well on-sale items.
For the younger attendees, there will be a Kids’ Zone with magicians, face painting, balloon sculptors and a picnic area.
All Arts International attractions will be hosted on the grassed area between The McNair Science Building and the Smith University Center.
Francis Marion University will also be holding its inaugural Cardboard Regatta at the Durant Pond behind the Lee Nursing Building. The race will showcase student groups attempting to cross the pond in boats made of cardboard. That event begins with a parade of “boats” at 1:30 p.m. The race is at 2 p.m.
Arts International is sponsored by the City of Florence, Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing, Inc., Nan Ya, The News Journal, Florence County, Pepsi of Florence and Crown Beverages.