2017 Westobou Festival

Various locations in Augusta  · 



When: October 3 - 14, 2017

Where: Venues Across Downtown Augusta, Georgia

Tickets: On sale Friday, September 1 at 10 AM

(Augusta, GA) August 31, 2017 – Westobou is pleased to announce more events taking place during our 10th Anniversary Festival. Westobou Festival is an ever-evolving, multi-arts event that, for 10 years, has transformed downtown Augusta into a vibrant, creative playground where friends, family, neighbors and visitors can connect and celebrate the performing arts. Typically taking place over five fantastic days in a variety of venues, Westobou Festival is designed to build community and inspire cultural change. This year, to commemorate our first decade, we will offer an extended 2 weeks of events.LIVE MUSIC at WESTOBOU CENTRAL

Westobou Central is back at the Augusta Common from October 5-7 from 5-10 PM daily. This free, outdoor event is complete with a live music stage featuring FUNK YOU on Thursday, October 5 at 8 PM. Hailing from the east side of Augusta, FUNK YOU is an outgoing burst of energy that is continually climbing their way to the top of the music scene. This "funk" oriented outfit projects multiple musical styles focusing mainly on dance driven grooves with powerful clean vocals. Incorporating intriguing musical composition, tasteful lyrics, and crowd captivating live performances, FUNK YOU is sure to make an imprint on your musical taste. The show will be opened by local favorite, Bethany and the Southside Boys.


In addition to all of the other fun activities at Westobou Central, Friday and Saturday nights the Augusta Common will feature movies under the stars. Join us for a screening of the 1988 comedy-fantasy film, Beetlejuice on Friday, October 6. Come back the following night for the dark fantasy stop-motion film, Coraline on Saturday, October 7. Films begin at dark each night. Bring your blankets and chairs to view these free movies on the lawn. Don’t forget your popcorn and be sure to take a spin on the free Ferris wheel!


In addition to Tracing Shadows at Westobou Gallery, several other exhibitions will debut during Westobou Festival. Enigma - The Telephone Game Project, will feature 13 local artists each creating artwork in response to the previous artists’ work, like the game of telephone. This body of work will be on display at Westobou Gallery’s pop-up exhibition space for the duration of the Festival. Also, The Ann and Ellis Johnson Gallery at JNSA will host Drawing and Its Peripheries and Wolf and Finch will be the home for Anna Patrick’s Blue Hair exhibition. You can view all of these exhibitions on Friday, October 6 during Westobou’s Gallery Hop from 5-8 PM or during exhibition hours, find more information at westobou.org. Other exhibitions around town include Gertrude Herbert’s annual A Sense of Place juried exhibition and Mary S. Byrd Gallery at Augusta University Summerville Campus will show works by Philip Morsberger: An Augusta Treasure.


Westobou will host several Late Night Series events throughout the Festival in different downtown bars. These events will range from performances by bands and songwriters to DJ’s all starting after 9 PM. Chamber Music Series is back with several afternoon events taking place in various churches as well as Augusta University’s Summerville campus. For a full list of LNS and CMS events, visit www.westobou.org.This year, Westobou Festival takes place in Downtown Augusta, GA October 3 - October 14. Ticketed events will go on sale Friday, September 1 at 10 AM. The Festival was created through a gift from the Porter Fleming Foundation with the vision to build a Festival that would culturally enrich Augusta's residents and visitors.

For press inquiries, please contact Bethany Marshall at bethany@westoboufestival.com or call 706.755.2878.

2017 Festival Schedule


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