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An Appalachian Summer Festival Brings Stunning Films, Arts and Performances to the Community, June 27-Aug. 5

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to spend enriching your lives with art, culture and community. Appalachian State University is offering residents and visitors alike this exact opportunity through An Appalachian Summer Festival, a conglomerate of visual, auditory and performing arts throughout the entire summer season. 

An Appalachian Summer Festival offers awe-inspiring music, dance, theatre, film and visual art performances and presentations from June 27 through August 5. All of these events take place in locations on or around ASU’s beautiful and stunning campus. Regardless of preference or taste, An Appalachian Summer Festival has something that everyone can and will enjoy. 

Along with this, An Appalachian Summer Festival strives to make these events cost-friendly, offering tickets at much lower prices than they would be if these same performances were at other venues. There are also some free and low-cost events to ensure that everyone who is trying to pursue seeing culturally-enriched and challenging artistry has the opportunity to do so. 

To start off the 2017 summer season of the Summer Festival, the first film in the Young People’s Global Film Series will be showing. The Global Film Series takes place at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. General admission for this event is $5, which includes the movie ticket, snack and a drink. The first film is on Tuesday, June 27, and is called My Lucky Elephant, a movie that follows the story of a young boy and baby elephant in Thailand who come together and learn about life with one another. The movie is rate PG for brief mild language. 

The other films as part of the Young People’s Global Film Series are as follows:

  • July 11: Virginia’s Run, Canada, rated PG for reckless behavior and language
  • July 18: Duma, South Africa, rated PG for mild adventure peril
  • July 25: Secrets of War, Netherland, unrated but recommended for Ages 10+ (movie features subtitles)
  • August 1: Theeb, Jordan, unrated but recommended for Ages 12+ (some violence, movie features subtitles)

Along with the Young People’s Global Film Series, there are also a variety of other events coming over the next couple of weeks. Wednesday, June 28, marks the start of the Weicholz Global Film Series with The Innocents, a film that centers around a post-WWII French society that focuses on religion, government and life. It is rated PG-13. Dr. John Pfeifer will hold a pre-film talk for all films at 7 p.m., and the films will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. 

The rest of the Weicholz Global Film Series is as follows:

  • July 5: Worlds Apart, Greece, Unrated
  • July 12: Rams, Iceland, Rated R 
  • July 19: I, Daniel Blake, UK, Rated R
  • July 26: Glory, Bulgaria, Unrated 
  • August 2: Tanna, Vanuata/Australia, Unrated 

Then, on June 30, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble will be holding its first performance at 8 p.m. in the Rosen Concert Hall. The other performances by the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble will take place on July 16, 23 and 25. Tickets are $25 for adult, $22.50 Pick 5 Discount and $15 for student/children. 

Along with all of these amazing events, there will be plenty of other performances that will be occurring such as community arts event, the Schaefer Popular Series Event, the Eastern Festival Orchestra, The National Black Theatre Festival presenting Maid’s Door and so much more. 

Whether you want to watch a film, listen to an orchestra, watch visual performances or something of a different nature, An Appalachian Summer Festival has exactly what everyone is looking for, and these events and performances won’t disappoint!

For a full schedule of events, visit An Appalachian Summer Festival website