Thursday, March 29, 2007

CHARLOTTESVILLE'S FESTIVALS - Photographs, Books, Film, Arts and Crafts

JUNE 7-9, 2007
Location: Charlottesville's Historic Pedestrian Mall
Description: A festival for those that love the still image. Celebrating the careers of legendary artists and emerging talent there will be exhibitions, master classes, insight conversations, outdoor screenings and special events. "Festival guests will find photography shows literally everywhere: in the trees, projected in storefront windows, on the sides of buildings, and of course, in all the galleries. Our goal is to transform Downtown Charlottesville for the week into a “Living Image.”

The distinguished and honored photographers William Albert Allard, Sally Mann and Eugene Richards will present their work at the Festival.

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival
May and October
Location: Claudias Crozet Park, Crozet, VA (10 miles west of Charlottesville, VA)
Description: Annual juried fine arts and crafts show featuring 125 of the nation's finest artists and craftsmen. Door prizes, music and dancing. Fine exhibits in pottery, textiles, leather, glass, wood, metal, photography, and much more.

Virginia Film Festival
Nov. 1-4, 2007
Location: Throughout Charlottesville
Description: Hosted by the University of Virginia. Designed as a four-day course on a cultural theme in which the public is invited to enroll, the Festival brings major talents to Charlottesville each year. The Festival presents a rich array of panel discussions addressing both high and low budget filmmaking. All panels are free.

In 2007, for its 20th annual event, Virginia Film Festival is planning a special family gathering. The 2007 theme will be KIN FLICKS, with more than a hundred speakers and films addressing popular and alternative images of family life.

In a record-breaking year in 2006 the Festival hosted such well-known guests as Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall and Liev Schreiber. Festival organizers are currently in pursuit of members of some of the great movie clans (Fondas, Douglases, Wilsons, Rossellinis and more). Check the website for continuing updates.

Virginia Festival of the Book
March 26 - 30, 2008
Location: Throughout Charlottesville
Description: The largest gathering of authors, writers and readers in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The 14th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will host hundreds of book, author, and literacy events throughout Charlottesville. Events for all ages; an annual rite of spring.
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