Performing arts groups sought for Opening Processional at North Charleston Arts Festival

Application deadline April 19 at 5 p.m.

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is accepting applications from local performing arts groups of all ages for participation in the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival Opening Processional on Saturday, May 4, at 9:45 a.m.

In past years the processional has been led by African drummers and dancers and has included groups dressed in brightly colored outfits and costumes, volunteers carrying giant puppets, banners and other props, jugglers, dance troupes, theatre groups and more. Applications can be found on the Applications page at Deadline for applications is Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m.

The Opening Processional has kicked off the Arts Festival’s Main Event festivities at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex for over a decade. Participants parade around the complex toward the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Once the Processional enters the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Auditorium, the celebration continues with a Performance Spotlight, featuring 3-5 minute performances by pre-selected groups. Performance Spotlight slots may be requested on the Opening Processional application and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

The North Charleston Arts Festival will be presented May 3-11, 2013, at various venues throughout North Charleston and the surrounding area. The nine-day event is one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state, highlighting national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. For 3o years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting over 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast to participate in a fabulous array of free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions and activities.

The Main Event weekend at the North Charleston Performing Arts and Charleston Area Convention Center on May 4 and 5 offers free parking and admission to more than 40 performances on four themed stages. Other Main Event activities include fine art and photography shows, the S.C. Palmetto Hands fine craft exhibit, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, activities for kids at Box City and Creation Stations, art and craft booths and a food courtyard. The Arts Festival continues with more than 60 free and ticketed events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations, including street dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings, workshops and demos, children’s activities, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition and the Grand Finale with fireworks.

For more information on the Opening Processional, contact Nancy Rodriguez at (843)740-5851. Visit for more information and other participation opportunities, including applications for judged art, photography, and youth art exhibitions; art & craft and food vendor space; and volunteers.