August 20, 2018  

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FestivalSouth® Brings Music, Dance, Arts and More to Pine Belt Region

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The annual FestivalSouth® event will be held June 9-23 in the Hattiesburg area.

What began as a simple means to showcase creativity in the Pine Belt region nine years ago has blossomed into the popular, multi-dimensional event known as FestivalSouth®. Set for June 9-23, FestivalSouth® is Mississippi’s only multi-week, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists.

Featuring talented artists performing classical, jazz, country, or gospel, FestivalSouth® offers music for every age range and musical taste. The event also brings craftsmen, artisans, and tourists together to experience unique art and sculpture exhibits from local talent.

The festival includes a variety of inspiring and exciting dance programs, as well as fun-filled Artie Events for kids and their families. Two exciting new events in the festival this year are the FestivalSouth® Film Expo and Festival5k.

Dr. Mike Lopinto, artistic director for FestivalSouth®, notes that the event has grown substantially since its inception to include all aspects of the arts. This year more than 60 events in two weeks will see an anticipated 20,000-plus participants in FestivalSouth® events.

“The expansion also includes venues all over Hattiesburg, all age groups and artistic tastes,” said Lopinto. “From young people to senior adults, from rock ‘n’ roll to classical music, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

The festival sports a heavy University of Southern Mississippi influence as faculty, staff, students, and alums participate as performers and volunteers. Several events also will be held on USM’s Hattiesburg campus.

As Lopinto points out, “This festival is for, and about, the Pine Belt. It showcases our creative economy to the world. The festival was recently listed as one of the top events in the country, which encourages even more cultural tourists to visit our area.”

To see a complete list FestivalSouth® 2018 events, visit: http://festivalsouth.org/