ArtsFest is Finally Here! What Are Your Must-Sees This Year?

By Cuilin Chen

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Acclaimed artist Chris Doyle is this year’s Special Alumni Guest at ArtsFest.

 

It’s set to be a week of joy and spirit on the BC campus: after the long-awaited Boston Marathon today comes the 2015 Boston College Arts Festival, beginning this Thursday and running through Saturday. For three days every year, our campus is home to a wide scope of events including a fine art exhibition, music, dance and theatre performances. The art frenzy is about to begin! Step outside, come to the festival, and enjoy this beautiful season. Spring it is, let your senses be awakened. From Thursday to Sunday, day and night, the Arts Fest will fill you with excitement. Check out the schedule now and find your must-see events.

Besides performances, shows and exhibitions, the Arts Fest also offers more academic alternatives, such as literary readings and performance poetry. And there are always opportunities to get involved: One of the events set to be a highlight this year is “Inside the BC Studio.” BC Art Professor Sheila Gallagher will interview the 2015 ArtsFest Special Alumni Guest, acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Chris Doyle ’81 live on stage, on Friday afternoon. It will be a great opportunity to learn about the artist and his works. I am personally a big fan of the artist and his quirky yet substantial animations. In 2014, Doyle’s installation, “Bright Canyon,” was projected all over Time Square. Hear how Doyle found his way from BC college graduate and made a name for himself in the art world at Inside the BC Studio and The Industry Insider Panel this Friday and Saturday.

If you are feeling uplifted, don’t forget to take part in the Arts Fest tradition, Saturday afternoon’s children’s events. Wouldn’t it be such a sweet dream to be reading stories in the tent, along with the melody of spring, to children’s lovely faces? I consider the children’s program a special and meaningful component of the Arts Fest, as it allows children to experience and appreciate art at a young age, and it is not until later that they would realize how inspiring it is to have art as part of their lives.

You might have a ton of plans for Saturday parties, but what about an artsy “pregame” this weekend? You can catch a movie and a show this Friday night right on campus. Begin at Stokes Art Tent for the premiere screening of Mod of Cards, Episode 5 at 9 PM, then head over to the main tent on O’Neill Plaza for BC Underground, a night of break dancing, hip hop, EDM and other underground artists.

BC Underground

BC Underground

In the end, here are a few tips for you to enjoy the Arts Fest to fullness: Come to Arts Fest, and be part of it! This annual festival provides the best platform to learn from and interact with other artists; and if you are an artist yourself, this is the time of the year where we see you shine, on stage or beside your work; or if you are just looking for entertainment, I am sure you will find pleasure in all that the Arts Fest has to offer. I look forward to seeing you in the festival!

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