September 5, 2012
Contact: (919) 560-2719
Durham Arts Council proudly presents the 38th Annual CenterFest Arts
Festival on Sept. 15th and 16th, featuring 130 juried fine artists and
craftsmen from 18 states, continuous music and entertainment on five
stages from 63 performing groups, lively Kids Zone art activities,
locally sourced foods and fun festival foods, a showcase of over 40
non-profits, government services departments, community organizations,
and sponsors, the first-ever CenterFest Creative Community Exposition, a
new beer garden, and more. The line up of artists, performers
and community is the largest CenterFest has ever presented, and promises
to entertain, delight and inspire a projected 25,000 visitors.
CenterFest is North Carolina's longest running juried outdoor arts
festival. Hours are Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am - 5 pm. This
year CenterFest has relocated back to central downtown Durham to an
expanded site including Main, Chapel Hill, Morris, Market, Corcoran, and
Parrish Streets in the Five Points and CCB Plaza areas. Admission is a
$5 suggested donation at the gate and is welcomed to support the
festival and the arts programs and services of Durham Arts Council.
Children 12 and under free. More information is at www.centerfest.durhamarts.org
"We are excited to bring the festival back to the heart of downtown Durham," said Sherry DeVries, Durham Arts Council Executive Director. "CenterFest
2012 has involved over a year of planning, community input in focus
groups and surveys, and many meetings with community leaders, resulting
in the largest and most exciting CenterFest we have ever produced!" CenterFest
will draw visitors from a broad North Carolina region for a weekend of
art enjoyment, shopping, entertainment, delicious food, and exploration
of all the great things the newly revitalized downtown Durham has to
A record number of excellent artist applications have resulted in the juried selection of 130 visual artists representing 18 states, and including 82 North Carolina artists and 18 Durham artists. This
year's Merit Award Judges will view the work of artists in Clay,
Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Wood,
Jewelry, Mixed Media, and Sculpture.
This year's Merit Judges are Lee
Hansley, Owner, Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, Laura Way, the
Executive Director and CEO of the Green Hill Center for North Carolina
Art in Greensboro, and Jeff York, the Director of Public Art in Chapel
Hill. The merit judges will select the winning artists and
award cash prizes totaling $2,500 to Best In Show, First Place, Second
and Third Place winning artists.
CenterFest 2012 Citizens Choice Award
Festival-goers are invited to pick their favorite CenterFest Visual Artist for a chance to win prizes in the CenterFest 2012 Citizens Choice Award contest, sponsored by Durham Coca-Cola.
Voting/Entry Forms will be available at all CenterFest Information
Booths and at CenterFest Visual Artist booths. The Citizens Choice Award
will be presented to the winning artist at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the
More Visual Artist Information and List of Artists!
CenterFest 2012 Entertainment Committee has selected a great line-up of 63 performing groups, providing continuous music, dance and entertainment on 5 stages.
This is the largest number of performing acts ever presented at
CenterFest. Performing groups include Peter Lamb & The Wolves,
Gospel Inspirations, The Gravy Boys, Jo Gore and the Alternative, Sunny
Performing Arts Group (Chinese folk dance), Eric and the DiMarzios, Will
McBride, Skedaddle, Willie Painter Band, Durham Jazz Orchestra,
Casablanca Orchestra, Flamenco Carolina, Bouncing Bulldogs, Mr. Rainbow
the Clown, Black Dog Syndrome, LiLa, TROSA Band, Little River Cloggers,
Joe Woodson and the Bean Trees, Bull City Strutters, Regatta 69,
Freylach Time Klezmer Band -- just to name a few.
The 63 groups will be performing continuously on the following 5 stages:
* Fox50, Mix 101.5, WRAL-FM Main Music Stage - CCB Plaza
* Downtown Durham Inc. Dance Stage - CCB Plaza
* NC Songwriters Co-Op/Family Stage - in the Self Help/Ninth St. Bakery area
* Five Points Stage
* The Herald-Sun Beer Garden Stage
More Performer Information and Stage Schedule
Creative Community Exposition
year CenterFest will feature its first Creative Community Exposition,
presenting the pursuits of creative businesses whose products fall
outside the traditional fine art categories of performance or visual
art. 3-D printers, mobile application producers, and children’s toy
companies will be among the many creative businesses represented! This
new addition to CenterFest showcases the best of the Triangle’s Creative
Class, one of the many features that is making the Durham area a
national landmark for innovation.
More Info: Creative Community Expo participants
Additional New Features
This year CenterFest is fortunate to have a mobile app created by Wanderful! The app will be available to download on iPhone and Android devices in time for CenterFest.
CenterFest is also featuring its first-ever bike valet parking system, courtesy of the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and the Durham Bicycle Coalition.
The Bull City Connector,
Durham's fare-free bus line, will be running on both days of CenterFest
to allow visitors easy access to the festival and other downtown events
during CenterFest weekend. This is the first time that the Bull City
Connector has operated on Sunday. DAC is grateful to Triangle Transit
and the City of Durham for this expanded service. Special CenterFest
stops will be at Corcoran/Main St. and Main St./Great Jones St.
Bull City Connector Hours during CenterFest weekend:
Saturday: 7:20am – Midnight (every 20 minutes)
Sunday: 10am – 7pm (every 20 minutes)
Plenty of fun family activities will be also available at the Durham History Hub and via the Bull City BUCK$ CenterFest "Scan"venger hunt.
Food and Beverage and CenterFest Beer Garden
will feature a variety of traditional festival food favorites and new
locally-sourced food from the Durham food truck community sure to
satisfy anyone’s appetite - from locally-sourced barbeque to traditional
roasted corn, gyros, ice cream and turkey legs. Along with the addition
of an outdoor Beer Garden in partnership with Bull McCabe's and
Bartending Unlimited, CenterFest will also have numerous Coca-Cola
product booths, sponsored by Coca-Cola of Durham, to quench the thirst
of festival goers of all ages. Wristbands for alcohol purchase will be
required and will be available for $1.00 near the Beer Garden entrance.
Food Vendors Include:
-Cute and Sweet Boutique: Delicious Cupcakes
-CocoCrissi Tropical Icees: Icy treats to cool the tongue
-D&J Concessions: Festival favorites and lemon-flavored treats
-Foxy Concessions: Sweet and cool treats
-The Humble Pig: Farm to table BBQ
-N&A Catering Company:Mediterranean and Greek Food
-Party in a Pita: Lebanese and Greek Vegetarian Food
-Sargeschef: Asian/Caribbean homestyle soul food
-Stoke & Smoke BBQ Inc: Slow smoked pork and brisket bbq
-SweetandSavory Express: American Festival Food
-Wendy’s Hospitality: Mexican, Southern Style, Cajun,Mediterranean
-Cross Roads Kettle Corn Concessions: Kettle Corn
Creative Kids Zones
Creative Kids Zones will be featured at CenterFest -- including fun,
hands-on art activities, face painting by Paint Savvy, and the popular
Bounce House, Slide and Trackless Train from F & M Entertainment.
Several of the hands-on, make and take art projects are free; the
souvenir art tote-bag project is $2. Face painting and kids rides have
More Kids Zones Information
is presented and produced by the Durham Arts Council with support from
official festival sponsors including FOX50, WRAL.com, Mix 101.5, The
Herald-Sun, Durham Coca-Cola, Net Friends, Inc., SciMed Solutions,
Wanderful, TROSA, Downtown Durham Inc., DPAC, WUNC 91.5, WNCU 90.7,
FRANCO, Quality Inn & Suites, Maximized Living, Alliance
Architecture, Ninth Street Bakery, Parker and Otis, Bull City Bucks,
Durham Magazine, Trinity School, Exotique, No Regret Productions, The
North Carolina Songwriters Co-Op, Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Durham Parks & Recreation, Self Help Credit Union, Greenfire
Development, and many more.
Additional CenterFest information is available at www.centerfest.durhamarts.org, or call 919-560-ARTS.
About Durham Arts Council
Arts Council, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that promotes
excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support
of the arts for all people in our community. The Durham Arts Council,
one of the oldest art councils in the United States and one of the
largest in North Carolina, manages a historic building at 120 Morris
St., a public facility in downtown Durham that attracts nearly 300,000
visitors a year. The Durham Arts Council has year-round programs
including art exhibitions; classes in the performing and visual arts;
artist residencies; advocacy and fundraising; grants for artists and
arts organizations; the Durham Art Walk; and CenterFest. For more
information, visit www.durhamarts.org.