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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival

For the 33rd year in a row, the Greater Augusta Arts Council presents the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival, sponsored by American Family Insurance, September 20-22. 
Comprised of a Global Village with authentic ethnic foods; a Fine Arts and Crafts Market with 110 juried fine artists and crafts booths; four stages packed with local entertainment; a free hands-on Children’s Area, sponsored by McDonald’s; and a Young Artists Market, this year’s Festival was selected as a TOP 20 EVENT by Southeastern Festivals and Events Association. 
The Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival was also selected as Best Festival in 2012 by readers of Augusta Magazine. Festivities will take place on the Augusta Common and Broad Street which will be closed from 8th-10th Streets.
This year the Festival Committee will host a Celebration of Community to bring awareness to the abundant diversity in Augusta, instead of focusing on just one single country. New countries participating in the Global Village in 2013 will be Trinidad, France and Bulgaria. 
SGI International will present a special exhibit, “The Century of Women,” that highlights the critical role of women in creating a peaceful future with a focus on female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. 
The four performance stages at the Festival boast non-stop entertainment. New this year will be concerts by Mama Says and AcostA, as well as an entire afternoon concert series by Augusta’s Singer Songwriter Guild. The Augusta Chronicle AMPED Original Music Contest returns in 2013.
The Greater Augusta Arts Council’s mission is to advance the arts and thus enrich the quality of life in Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area. For more information visit www.augustaarts.com
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.