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Past Festivals

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Festival Themes Through the Years

The Southwest Virginia Community College Festival of the Arts began in 1995 with Spotlight on America-From Sea to Shining Sea!

2019 | Movies: The Music, the Dance, the Fashions, the Stories

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2018 | From Across the Pond to Southwest Virginia: A Fusion of Cultures

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2017 | The Diversity of Dance: Its Styles, Rhythms & Music

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2016 | Shakespeare and the Age of Romanticism

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The Festival logo was designed by Courtney Wyatt

2015: International Folk and Classical Arts: Inspiration and Reinvention

2015 festival

2014 | Winds of Change, Winds of War-1890-1920: An Era of Empire, Invention and Upheaval

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2013 | NO LIMITS!

2013 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

2012 | VIVA Italia!

2012 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

2011 | Our French Connections

2011 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

2010 | Along the Silk Road: From Italy to China and Back Again!

2010 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

2009 | A Retrospective 1995-2009

2009 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

2008 | Spotlight on Scandinavia and the White Nights

2008 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

2007 | Spotlight on Colonial America: Virginia 1607-2007 Community Program

2007 Jamestown

2006 | Spotlight on Eastern Europe

2006 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

2005 | Spotlight on Africa and Her Legacy

2005 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

2004 | Spotlight on Global Harmony

2004 Festival of the Arts Southwest

2003 | Spotlight on Spain and Latin America

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2002 | Spotlight on France

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2001 | Spotlight on Russia!

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2000 | Spotlight on England

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1999 | Spotlight on Austria!

1999 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

1998 | Spotlight on Appalachia: A Fusion of Cultures!

1998 Festival of the Arts Southwest Virginia Community College

1997 | Spotlight on Italy!

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1996 | Spotlight on Germany!

1996 Festival

1995 | From Sea to Shining Sea: A Celebration of the American Arts

1995 Festival

Under the leadership of Festival Director Mary Lawson, the Southwest Virginia Community College Festival of the Arts launched in 1995 with the theme From Sea to Shining Sea: A Celebration of the American Arts.

A few of the features of the Festival of the Arts which have continued through the years are the Cultural Walk, master classes and Spotlight on Talent.

The inaugural year featured the talent of Victoria Bond as Conductor, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr as Narrator and Pavlina Dokovska as Pianist. Pavlina Dokovska began the Festival as the Pianist-in-Residence and continues to perform and teach in recent festivals, as well as serve as the Festival Artistic Director each year.