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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Augusta, Georgia Fetes Arts

Showcasing its visual, performing, literary, and culinary arts and celebrating the different ethnic groups which form the heart of Augusta, The Greater Augusta Arts Council will hold the 32nd annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival in historic downtown Augusta, Georgia from September 14 to 16.

This year’s featured country will be Germany, hosted by the German Friendship Club of Augusta. In addition to offering traditional German fare from regions such as Bavaria and the Black Forest, they will also have a beverage tent selling many types of German beers. The Amazing Channellheimer Oompah Band will also be on stage leading the crowd in German favorites.

Festivities will again take place on Broad Street between 8th and 10th Streets, which will be closed to traffic during the festival. The Global Food Village and Global stage will continue to occupy the Augusta Commons with ethnic food from 35 countries provided by local cultural groups.

This year Turkey has been added to the Global Village. Atanur Caliskan of the Turkish Association of the CSRA says, "We are delighted to share our delicious food with people of Augusta, and we look forward to being part of the festival for many years to come." 

Over 90 Fine Arts and Crafts booths will extend down Broad Street with plenty of shade to make the festival an enjoyable experience for attendees. 

This year’s performance lineup includes the Living Room Legends. All stages – the Global, Community, Family and Troubadour Stages – will return, as well as the free Children’s Area, where kids can create crafts from around the world, and the Young Artist Market.

The popular southern beer garden will be open all three days as well. Additional opportunities for fun will include a raffle for an E-ZG-O golf cart sponsored by E-Z-GO, The Augusta Chronicle Singer Songwriter Competition and over 40 shows by performers throughout the CSRA.

For more information about top events in Georgia take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Georgia.