An Appalachian Summer Festival

Denise Ringler
Director, Arts and Cultural Programs
828-262-6084, ext. 103

Presented by the Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features a diverse menu of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, as well as a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. Celebrating its 31st season in 2015, the festival has risen in stature to become one of the nation’s most highly respected summer festivals, acclaimed for the breadth and quality of its artistic programming.  With an audience of 27,000, the festival has been named one of the "Top Twenty Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society.

In keeping with its status as a university-based arts program, the festival continually seeks to enlighten and educate— a focus reflected in such initiatives as the festival's discounts for children's tickets, school coupons, and ticket prices that are typically 30-40% lower than prices for comparable events in other venues.  A rich variety of educational opportunities is part of the festival schedule each summer, including exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops, student internships and employment opportunities for young people seeking experience in arts presenting. These experiences offer opportunities for lifelong learning and meaningful engagement with the arts.   The festival holds central the belief that access to a strong and dynamic program of artistic excellence in the performing and visual arts is an important component of a vital and healthy community.

Category: Arts and Culture
This program is designed for: The Public