44th Annual CenterFest Arts Festival

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The 44th Annual CenterFest, The Art Lover’s Festival Sept 15 & 16, 2018
Saturday 10am-6pm
Extended Saturday entertainment 6pm-11pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
In the Heart of Downtown Durham

Charles Davis - Dancer for Peace

Dr. Charles R. Davis Dancer for Peace
Baba Chuck
January 1, 1937 – May 14, 2017

CenterFest 2017 was dedicated to Baba Chuck Davis – dancer, choreographer, teacher, mentor-to honor the gifts he gave us from his loving, joyous, creative spirit.

Highlights from CenterFest 2017!
CenterFest 2017 was one for the record books! 148 juried visual artists from 17 states showcased and sold their original, handcrafted work. 75 performing arts groups filled six stages with continuous music, dance and entertainment extended into Saturday evening, and four food courts kept guests fueled for fun. CenterFest 2017 was located in the City Center, including downtown’s many enticing new retail, restaurant, streetscape and public spaces.

The Durham Arts Village, sponsored by ABC11 Eyewitness News, was a new feature for 2017 – it featured Durham artists, food, and activities! Located in the South Bank block, the Durham Arts Village contained Durham Rising Star Artists, the Durham Arts Council Kidzone activities, including the Clay Studio tent, the Channel 11 Family Stage, the APS Durham Pet Oasis, Sunday morning yoga at CenterZen sponsored by Global Breath and a delectable assortment of food trucks and Coca Cola.

Also new in 2017, CenterFest rocked till 11 pm on Saturday! The Beer Garden and the Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes continued programming until 9:00pm on Saturday night, where the Willie Painter Band kept the party swinging. At the Main Stage on CCB Plaza entertainment lasted to 11 pm with Ellis Dyson & the Shambles, followed by world renowned blues guitarist Cool John Ferguson, and Durham Cinematheque presenting films under the stars.

What a weekend! We look forward to welcoming you back to CenterFest on September 15 and 16, 2018!

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CenterFest is presented by:

Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

Contact us at (919) 560-2722
or via email at centerfest@durhamarts.org

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